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Chola: Sacred Bronzes of Southern India

by Vidya Dehejia

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 190397383X, Hardcover)

Between the ninth and the thirteenth centuries, the Chola dynasty was the dominant cultural, artistic, religious, and political force in southern India. Though relatively unknown in the West, Chola bronzes are widely considered to be not only among the very finest works of Indian sculptural art, but the finest examples of bronze casting ever created. Among the exquisite examples here are the Hindu gods Shiva, Vishnu, and Ganesh, and a portrayal of Krishna dancing on the serpent Kaliya—one of only two in existence. This sumptuous book includes essays exploring how and why these objects came to be made, and the role they played within Hinduism and Chola culture.

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Between the eighth and the thirteenth centuries, the Chola dynasty was the dominant cultural, artistic, religious and political force in southern India. The bronze representations of Shiva and other Hindu gods are the most spectacular objects that they created. This extensively illustrated book is the catalogue of an exhibition at the Royal Academy which presents over forty of these exquisite objects. The authors explore how and why these objects came to be made and the role they played within Hinduism and Chola culture. Chola bronzes are among the finest examples of bronze casting, and the technical brilliance of their manufacture is discussed. Full-page illustrations and Iavish details of the works reveal the beauty of these sensational objects, which will be a revelation to a European audience. Between the ninth and the thirteenth centurie s, the Chola dynasty was the dominant cultural, artistic, religiou s, and political force in southern India. Though relatively unknown in the West, Chola bronzes are widely considered to be not only among the very finest works of Indian sculptural art, but the finest examples of bronze casting ever created. Among the exquisite examples here are the Hindu gods Shiva, Vishnu, and Ganesh, and a portrayal of Krishna dancing on the serpent Kaliya.one of only two in existence. This sumptuous book includes essays exploring how and why these objects came to be made, and the role they played within Hinduism and Chola culture.… (more)

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