ISBN 9788124602553,Bull in Early Indian Art - Up to Sixth Century

Bull in Early Indian Art - Up to Sixth Century



D.K. Printworld (P) Ltd.

Publication Year 2004

ISBN 9788124602553

ISBN-10 8124602557

Hard Back

Number of Pages 191 Pages
Language (English)

The Arts

The work deals with various aspects of the bull as reflected in Indian art and literature up to the sixth century ad. Perhaps the first effort to showcase the representation of the bull in ancient India, it examines the bulls domestication and migration, the Indian type of bulls, and the philosophical tenets associated with it and studies the importance attached to the bulls physical form and its psychological characteristics, its relation to the fertility cult and its usefulness as a domesticated animal as reflected in ancient Indian art. It looks into the manner in which its significance was reinforced through art and the animal protected by associating it with religion- Hindu, Buddhist, Jaina and folk. Dr. Bhogendra Jha goes in-depth into the mode of revering the bull in stone, clay, metal and colours through modelling, moulding and painting: its depiction in coins, seals and sealings, and terracottas, with reference to different historical and dynastic periods. He includes depiction of the bull in prehistoric art and its description in writings, and also compares the position of the bull in ancient world cultures- of Egypt, Crete and Mesopotamia, for instance- with its position in ancient India to broaden the scope of the study. The book will be useful for researchers- beginners and established scholars- of early Indian art.