India A History in Objects

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An authoritative visual history of India, one of the world’s oldest and most vibrant cultures, drawing on South Asian art and artifacts from prehistory to the present.

India: A History in Objects presents a beautiful collection of material culture from South Asia and traces its history through a huge variety of art and artifacts, both religious and secular.

Arranged  chronologically, and abundantly illustrated with expertly selected objects, this superb new overview connects today’s South Asia with its  past. Early chapters describe prehistoric objects from 1.5 million years ago, examine artifacts from the Indus Civilization, and follow the emergence of Buddhism, Jainism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Islam, and Christianity. The collection outlines the rise of the Mughals, the greatest Muslim dynasty of India, who made India a leading economic power. The distinct Mughal style is traced through paintings, architecture, hardstone carving, metalwork, and jewelry. This volume also explores the early trade industry to Europe via examples of spice pots, textiles, and other luxury goods. Finally, modernism and  political independence in the 20th century are examined through Indian  culture such as popular prints, contemporary photography, and the  performing arts. 

This volume presents a vast panoply, from the urban splendor  of dynastic empires to the rural life of the subcontinent. A compelling  visual history of rich and diverse cultures, this book will inspire and  inform anyone interested in India and material culture.  

  • Author: Richard Blurton  
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson, August, 2022
  • 320 pages, 9.5" x 6.7"
  • 500 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9780500480649  
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