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Museums of India
Museums of India

Museums of India

by Shobita Punja

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Language

English

Publisher

Penguin

ISBN

0149279393 - Year: 1998 - Pages: 307

Binding

Paperback

Shobita Punja

Author: Shobita Punja
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 1998
Language: English
Pages: 307
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0149279393

Description

Intelligently planned and written, this highly colorful and informative guide has a number of rather remarkable virtues.

With over 100 superb photographs covering most aspects of Indian art, this is an attractively illustrated and comprehensive guide to the fabulous legacy of the Museums of India. A first rate book for anyone planning a trip to study the art of what is probably one of the world's most impressive and influential civilizations.

The book anticipates that you might need some help in understanding what you see when you get there. After descriptions of India's major institutions there is a useful reference list containing the names of figures most likely to be encountered in Indian art. You already know what you want to see and only need help in where to see it. At the end of the book there is a chronological list of artistic periods with the names of the museums most likely to be useful in their study.

And what splendors India possesses! Early Harappan miniatures, Buddhist art, the often sumptuous buildings in which the collections are housed, paintings, sculptures - all are beautifully illustrated in a relatively compact format.

Contents

Preface

INTRODUCTION
How to Use this Guidebook
A Brief History of Indian Museums
Towards and Appreciation of Indian Art

SOME ASPECTS OF THE CULTURAL HISTORY OF INDIA
Setting the Stage
The Indus Valley of Harappan civilization
The Iron Age and the Evolution of Vedic Literature
The Birth of Buddhism and Jainism
The Spread of Buddhism
The Rise of Empires
The Age of Experimentation
The Maturation of Hindu Art and the Introduction of Islam
The Last Five Hundred Years

MUSEUMS
NEW DELHI
The National Museum
The Indus Valley Civilization Gallery
Mauryan, Sunga and Mathura
The Art of the Gupta Period
Medieval Sculpture Galleries
The Indian Bronze Gallery
The Gallery of Manuscripts and Paintings
Central Asian Antiquities
Other Important Galleries
Museum Services
The National Gallery of Modern Art
Museum Service
The Crafts Museum
Museum Services
The Archaeological Museum at the Red Fort
The Gandhi Memorial Museum at Raj Ghat
The Gandhi Smriti Museum on Tees January Marg
Museum Services
The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
Museum Services

MUMBAI
The Prince of Wales Museum
The Natural History Section

CALCUTTA
The Indian Museum
The Bharhut Room
Gandhara Sculptures
The Numismatic Gallery
Indian Sculpture of Different Regions
The Zoological Section
The Ashutosh Museum of India Art
The Collection of Crafts
The Victoria Memorial Museum

CHENNAI
The Government State Museum and National Art Gallery
The Amaravati Collection
The Bronze Gallery
The Fort St George Museum

AHMEDABAD (GUJRAT)
The Calico Museum of Textiles
The Utensils Museum

ALWAR (RAJASTHAN)
The Government Museum

VADODARA (GUJRAT)
The Baroda Museum and Picture Gallery

BHOPAL (MADHYA PRADESH)
The Bharat Bhavan

BHUBANESWAR (ORISSA)
The Orissa State Museum

GOA
The Archaeological Museum, Old Goa

GUWAHATI (ASSAM)
The Assam State Museum

HYDERABAD (ANDHRA PRADESH)
The Salar Jung Museum

JAIPUR (RAJASTHAN)
The Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh Museum

KHAJURAHO (MADHYA PRADESH)
The Archaeological Museum

MATHURA (UTTAR PRADESH)
The Government Museum

PATNA (BIHAR)
The State Museum

PUNE (MAHARASHTRA)
The Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum

SANCHI (MADHYA PRADESH)
The Archaeological Museum

SARNATH (UTTAR PRADESH)
The Archaeological Museum

SRIRANGAPATNAM (KARNATAKA)
The Tipu Sultan Museum

THANJAVUR (TAMIL NADU)
The Thanjavur Art Gallery

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM (KERALA)
The Government Museum

VARANASI (UTTAR PRADESH)
The Bharat Kala Bhavan

Reference Section
A Statewise List of Museums
Indian Iconography and Glossary of Terms
Chronology, Historical Sites and Related Museums
Recommended Reading
Index

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