Archaeology, Art and Iconography of Early Medieval Chanderi

Archaeology, Art and Iconography of Early Medieval Chanderi

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Book Specification

Item Code: AZE594
Author: Ranbeer Singh Rajput
Language: ENGLISH
Edition: 2015
ISBN: 9789350502211
Pages: 294 (Throughout B/w and Color Illustrations)
Other Details 11.00x9.00
Weight 1.14 kg

Book Description

About the Book
The present volume embodies comprehensive documentation, classification and analysis of the sculptures, temples and other archaeological remains from Chanderi, District Ashoknagar, Madhya Pradesh. Chanderi is a well known medieval settlement situated on the borders of the Malwa and Bundelkhand regions. The present work is rooted in the documentation of the archaeological remains of Chanderi tehsil, in the form of temples and sculptures of both Jaina and Brahmanical ideologies. Coupled with the study of the epigraphic records from Chanderi and its adjoining areas, the present study tries to draw a framework of historical-societal-religious and economic processes that seems to have played an important role in the development of Chanderi after the downfall of the Imperial Gurjjara Pratiharas.

This work is the outcome of the series of explorations in the region under study carried out as a part of the author's Ph.D. The present work has brought to light a number of sites/artifacts ranging in time from the prehistoric to the early medieval period. The rich archaeological and epigraphic materials of the early medieval period from Chanderi compels us to investigate thoroughly the period under study in the light of the various theorizations and models that have been postulated by historians with respect to state formation processes. The book is richly illustrated with colour photographs of rock art, stone tools and line drawing of stone tools, sculptures, temples, digital maps, and location maps of the rock art explored sites.

About the Author
Ranbeer Singh Rajput is a trained archaeologist with interest in Prehistory, Field Archaeology and Early Medieval Archaeology with special emphasis on Central India. He is presently associated with Bihar Muscum as Curator (History). He obtained his Masters Degree in Archaeology from Barkatullah University, Bhopal and Post Graduate Diploma in Archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology, Archaeology Survey of India. He was awarded the Degree of Doctorate of Philosophy by the University of Calcutta.

He has field experience in exploration and excavation of prehistoric, protohistoric and historic sites. He has participated in excavations at Bhimbetka, Sanchi, Raisen Fort and Shivpuri and Baror. He has explored a number of painted rock shelters in Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu while working in the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi. Besides, he has documented museum collection at Chanderi site museum (Madhya Pradesh) and Purana Qila site museum (New Delhi). He was also engaged in the report writing of Dholavira excavation. Dr. Rajput was also associated in organizing an International Conference on Rock Art in IGNCA. He has curated five exhibitions on 'The World of Rock Art' in Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), Guwahati (Assam), Bhubaneswar (Odisha), Pondicherry (Puducherry), Bengaluru (Karnataka) and Tripunithura (Kerala) for the IGNCA.

Dr. Rajput has published several cles in books/journals. He is also the co-author of Rock Art: A Catalogue published by the IGNCA in collaboration with the Indian Archaeological Society, New Delhi. He has attended and organized several seminars and workshops including those on rock art studies. He was awarded a citation by Shri Bharatvarshiya Digamber Jain Teerth Sanrakshini Mahasabha, New Delhi in recognition of his contribution towards Jaina art and archaeology.

It is a pleasure and privilege the one close associates higher level of substantial und Chanderi offers early medieval archaeological scenario observed Churderi Madhya Pradesh. Rajput attempted here a comprehensive survey early medieval temples sculptures of the region Apart from the introductory chapters, author dealt the subject in detail the perspective, religious beliefs as the background materials. With the treated the subject fully, covering the important known evidences. The treatment takes iconographic details the artistic qualities critical merits. Its principal merit lies periodization of the sculptures chronological-cum-stylistic sequence. shows the gradual ascendancy of sculpture point of development keeping with the socio-political changes:

Dr. Rajput deserves congratulations for attempting to view his findings the light of state formation processes forms discussed theoretical issue and dealing with carly medieval history, particularly Central India. evaluating state formation processes. with respect Chanderi and its ruling Pratihara lineage, due care been taken consider the epigraphic Further, field work by Dr. new medieval and few prehistoric sites study thus, it comprehensive, its documentation fairly exhaustive and narrative adequate and competent in terms of descriptive archaeology.

feel happy presenting Dr. and the monograph to the world of scholars and of scholarship the of Indian and archaeology.

This book is an outcome of my Ph.D. research undertaken from 2008 to 2012 at the University of Calcutta. It attempts to bring to light the early medieval settlement at Chanderi and the process of local state formation during the period under study. The work involved locating the settlement sites of the early-medieval period through explorations, studying the architectural styles of the temples and iconographic and iconoclastic art styles of the sculptures found from the region. Basically, the entire database was collected through extensive field surveys from 2007 to 2011. Chanderi fascinated me during the course of my work at Chanderi site Museum under the Archaeological Survey of India. This provided me first-hand opportunity to study the sculptures in the collection.

The post-Gupta/early-medieval period, in India, is generally viewed as a period that witnessed the decline of the so-called classical Gupta traditions. After the disintegration of the Imperial Gupta power, its erstwhile territories witnessed incessant power struggles between the local political formations. In central India these political formations were successively the Gurjjara-Pratiharas, the Paramaras, the Chandellas, the Kalachuris and the Kachchhapghatas etc. The almost contemporaneous existence of these dynasties in a geographically close knit area led to multiple and shifting power bases. Under the shadow of the volatile political scene dominated by the above mentioned dynasties there continued to exist some lesser political units which do not usually come to the fore but survived assumedly as feudatories. But after the political demise of the bigger political formations these feudatory identities rose through the ranks to give rise to local states as was witnessed at Chanderi. The political processes of the early-medieval and medieval periods, therefore, have to be conceived within a complex matrix of local and supra-local monarchical polities. It is well-known that the practitioners of the early-medieval paradigm have identified a number of historical-societal processes as characteristics of the period concerned. These include 1) local state formation process; 2) peasantization of tribes and caste formation; and 3) cult appropriation and integration.

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