Author: Bimal Bandyopadhyay
Publisher: Sundeep Prakashan
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8185067031
Works on Indian art mainly deal with stone sculptures, although metal sculptures offer a fascinating subject. An attempt has been made here to make an exhaustive study of the metal icons. In the Indian subcontinent, metal icons were mostly produced in an alloy, which is known as bronze, although images in ashta dhatu (an alloy of eight metals), brass, copper, silver and gold are also found.
In Chapter I, the beginning and development of sculptural art in metal has been studied. A study of iconography has been made in Chapter II. In Chapter III, an elaborate discussion has been made in regard to the casting methods, quoting original sources.
The book is illustrated by ninety-two plates and further enriched by a glossary of technical terms and a bibliography.
LIST OF PLATES
CHAPTER 1 - Indian Metal Sculpture from the Earliest Period to the Thirteenth Century AD
CHAPTER 2 - Iconographical Study
CHAPTER 3 - Some Literary References on Metal Casting