Art and Archaeology of Ancient India : Earliest Times to the Sixth Century available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Art and Archaeology of Ancient India : Earliest Times to the Sixth Century

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A handsome survey of early Indian objects (pre-600 AD) held by the Department of Eastern art in the Ashmolean Museum

The Ashmolean Museum is fortunate in having the most comprehensive British collection of the art of the Indian subcontinent outside London. Especially strong in sculpture, this rich representation of Indian art from prehistory to the twentieth century has come about through the generosity of our benefactors over more than three centuries. The Museum's first major Indian sculpture acquisition, a stone Pala-style Vishnu image of the eleventh century, was given in 1686 by Sir William Hedges, a governor of the East India Company in Bengal.

From the late nineteenth century, a substantial core of the present collection was assembled at the University's former Indian Institute Museum (1897-1962), precursor of the Department of Eastern Art, which opened within the Ashmolean in 1963. Since that date many more Indian objects of all periods have been acquired by gift, bequest or purchase.

  • Author: Naman Ahuja, Professor of Indian Art and Architecture at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • Hardcover: 360 pages | 400 colour and 30 black and white illustrations
  • Publication date: May 2018
  • ISBN: 978-1910807170
  • Dimensions: 30.7 x 25.2 cm

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