Contents: Foreword/Lokesh Chandra. Against all Odds, a Historian of Indian Visual Arts/Gérard Fussman. I. Earliest Issues: Classical Indology, Archaeology and Art History: 1. On Ancient Indian Ox-Carts, Biers, Beds and Thrones: A propos of Sanskrit sakati-sakata-and its Etymology/Asko Parpola. 2. Terracotta Images from Ropar (Punjab)/Arundhati Banerji. 3. A Small Composite Creature in Bronze from Kausambi in the Asian Art Museum, Berlin/Corinna Wessels-Mevissen. 4. Vrsnis in Ancient Art and Literature/Vinay Kumar Gupta. II. Investigating All Things Kushan: Numismatics, Architecture and Art History: 5. The Structure of the Coinage of the Great Kushans/David W. Mac Dowall. 6. Tangible Ties with Sakyamuni in Gandhara/Shoshin Kuwayama. 7. Enthroning the Buddha’s Relics in Gandhara: The Classical Lexicon of the Stupa Base/Pia Brancaccio. 8. On the Iconography and Identity of Kushan Manaobago/Fabrizio Sinisi. 9. The Numismatic Chronology of Mathura and its Bearing on Art/Shailendra Bhandare. 10. Forms, Models and Concepts: Regionalism and ‘Globalism’ in Gandharan Visual Culture/Anna Filigenzi. III. The Gupta ‘Golden’ Age: Numismatics and Art Historical Theory: 11. From Third Grade to Top Rate: The Discovery of Gupta Coin Styles, and a Mint Group Studyfor Kumragupta I/Ellen M. Raven. 12. Gupta Art as Classical: A Possible Paradigm for Indian Art History/Robert L. Brown. IV. Medieval Matters: Architecture: 13. Decoding Origins for India’s Temples/Michael W. Meister. 14. Kashmiri Temples: A Typological and Aedicular Analysis/Adam Hardy. 15. The Sakunika-vihara of Brgukaccha (Bharukaccha)/M.A. Dhaky. V. Tales Of Goddesses and Exalted Women: Classical Indology and Art History: 16. Redressing the Undisrobing of Draupadi/Vishwa Adluri and Alf Hiltebeitel. 17. Snakes, Crocodiles and Lizards: Protective Goddesses in Medieval India/John Guy. 18. No Head, no Arms, no Legs: An Image of the Warrior Goddess from Si Thep, Thailand/Peter Skilling. 19. The Karpuramanjari Motif in Indian Art/Devangana Desai. VI. Telling Images: Art History and Cultural History: 20. Heavenly Relics – The Bodhisatva’s Turban and Bowl in the Reliefs of Gandhara and Andhra (including Kanaganahalli)/Monika Zin. 21. Soma: Sapling that Sprouted in the Himalayas, to Grow up as Guardian God of the North!/Kirit L. Mankodi. 22. A Neglected Universe: Navagraha Stone Panels at Gaya and Related Sculptures from Other Parts of Bihar/Gerd J.R. Mevissen. 23. Images of Conflict and Recovery at the Tibetan Buddhist Monastery of Kangwu/Chandra L. Reedy.
This volume is a tribute to Professor Doris Meth Srinivasan's profound scholarship and seminal writings, to which colleagues from various countries have contributed. Their topics, often referencing Prof. Srinivasan's works, are presented from different angles of academic perspective and specialisation, namely, South Asian Art History, South Asian Architecture, Classical Indology (or Ancient Indian Philology), Archaeology, Numismatics, Cultural History, etc.
The book is prefaced with two in-depth forewords, by Professors Lokesh Chandra and Gérard Fussman. The former includes a discussion of the contents, while the latter details appreciation of Prof. Srinivasan's work and explores her subject matter and academic achievements. The honorand's complete bibliography is also provided. The chapters set out with studies of early historical periods (including pre- and protohistory). The largest section, “Investigating All Things Kushan”, coincides with Prof. Srinivasan's major field of specialisation, namely, Mathuran and Gandharan art. This rich terrain of cultural history and its vestiges will probably never cease to provide specialists with intriguing questions to be tackled and fresh insights to be distilled from the overall corpus of data that has come upon us. Following are the sections on Gupta-period and Medieval topics, specifically including Numismatics and Architecture. The thematic sections on female protagonists including goddesses, and “Telling Images”, involving particularly painstaking case studies, conclude the volume. In terms of geography, the topics range from the Indo-Iranian region in the west to peninsular Southeast Asia in the east, with India forming the hub.