The Monograph Introduces The Remains Of A Legendary Stupa Of The Sunga Period (2Nd 1St Century B.C.) Which Once Stood Near The Village Bharhut In Madhya Pradesh . Since 1876 These Precious Antiquarian Gems Are The Prized Possession Of The Indian Museum, Calcutta. The Author In His Capacity As Director Of That Museum Had The Opportunity To Study Them Afresh And Reassess Their Cultural And Artistic Merits. The Renowned Scholar Dr. Mulk Raj Anand In His Capacity As Visitor To The Museum Suggested To Bring Out A Handy Pictorial Companion Which Could Be Useful To The Visitors To The Museum As Well As Lovers Of Early Indian Art. The Book Gives A Lucid Introduction Besides Several Interesting Interpretations About The Concept And Significance Of Stupa Tradition And Particularly The Socio-Religious And Artist Role Played By This Grand Edifice In The Pre-And Post-Christian Centuries. Important Sculptures Have Been Adequately Described And Projected Through Colour And Black And White Illustrations.
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2nd-1st century B.C. Alexander Cunningham Allahabad Museum Anathapindaka architecture architraves art of Bharhut art of India B.N. Mukherjee Barhut and Sanchi Bhagavato Bharhut rails Bharhut remains BHARHUT SCULPTURES Bhikshus Bidala Bodhi tree Bodhisattva BOROBUDUR Brahmi brick Buddha Buddhist Calcutta carved Chhanda chieftains cock coping corner dancing peacock ddnam dead bull deer deities Delhi depiction devotees drum Dukha early India elephant Enlightened epigraph flowers full vase full-blown lotuses Gandhara garments Gateway Gautama Harisena i.e. the gift Indian Museum inscription Isisinga Jataka tale Jetavana Jetavana grove Kharoshthi labels Lakshana large number lotus creepers Madhya Pradesh Magadha mason's mark Mathura medallion monastery monkeys monument Mulk Raj Anand Naga King Chakavaka narrated National Museum necklace non-hurting ornaments potential Buddha pre-Christian centuries R.C. Sharma railpost reads represents reverence Salabhanjika Satavahanas scenes scholars sculptural art shrines side snake canopy stalked lotus buds story stupas of Barhut Sujata Suriga period symbolises Vakatakas Vedic Yaksha