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By Alexandra Van Der Geer

The paintings heritage of South Asian covers a time span of approximately 4 and a part thousand years. in this interval, an enormous variety of animal stone sculptures has been produced, starting from the pre-historic interval until this day and overlaying an excellent number of motifs and imagery in several areas and spiritual traditions. having said that, the variety of experiences dedicated to those animal sculptures has remained super restricted. the current booklet goals at filling this information hole. With this richly illustrated booklet, the 1st of its type, Van der Geer bargains a comparative research of the ways that a variety of animals were depicted and a lucid research of the sculptors' remedy in their "models": residing animals. The artwork heritage of sculptured animals is contextualized with an outline of using animals as might be learn from historical texts, archaeological facts and contemporaneous tradition. In doing so, parallels in addition to alterations popular or iconography are highlighted, elucidating the diversity of animal depictions throughout areas, spiritual contexts and during time. The corpus of mentioned fabric levels from Indus seals, stupa panels and railings, enormous temples from North and South India, non-religious palace and citadel structure to unfastened sculptures in museum collections.

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Photograph: ASI, D434, 1912–1913, courtesy Kern Institute, Leiden, the Netherlands list of figures xxxvii 244. Life-size rock-cut wall relief with Gajalakshmi. Adipurishvara or Adivaraha Cave, Mammalapuram, Tamil Nadu, late 7th century, granite. Photograph: ASI, 1910–1930, courtesy Kern Institute, Leiden, the Netherlands 245. Shiva Killing the Elephant Demon. Hoysaleshvara temple, Halebid, Karnataka, mid-12th century, soapstone. Photograph: courtesy Paul Veltman and Antje Brunt 246. Shiva Killing the Elephant Demon.

Xxxii list of figures Photograph: ASI, 1910–130, courtesy Kern Institute, Leiden, the Netherlands 189. Fragment of the Story of the White Dog Barking at the Buddha. Jamalgarhi, Greater Gandhara, 3rd–4th century. Indian Museum, Calcutta. Photograph: IM List 1900, 996, courtesy Kern Institute, Leiden, the Netherlands 190. Attack by Mara’s Army. Greater Gandhara, 3rd century, schist. 198, Berlin, Germany. Above: overview. Below: detail with a dog. Photographs: A. van der Geer The domestic goat 191.

Sandstone. Indian Museum, Calcutta. Photograph: IO List 1900, 1973, courtesy Kern Institute, Leiden, the Netherlands The squirrels 339. The Indian giant squirrel (Ratufa indica). Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde, Stuttgart, Germany. Photograph: A. van der Geer 340. The giant flying squirrel (Petaurista petaurista). Zoological Museum La Specola, Florence, Italy. Photograph: A. van der Geer 341. Medallion with the Story of the Monkey King. Railing pillar from Bharhut, Madhya Pradesh, c. , sandstone.

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