Arts of India, 1550-1900 /
edited by John Guy and Deborah Swallow ; [contributions by] Rosemary Crill ... [et al.].
London : Victoria and Albert Museum, 1990.
240 p. : ill. (chiefly col.)
1851770224 (pbk) :
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London : Victoria and Albert Museum, 1990.
1851770224 (pbk) :
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Ill. on lining papers.
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Includes bibliography and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1992-03:
A new and fresh study of the arts of pre-Modern India: small-scale paintings and carvings, textiles and jewelry, objects of luxurious manufacture of varying types and materials for consumption in princely India and abroad, selected from the substantial collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum. The volume provides an informed introduction to the major part of the museum's collection now installed in a new Nehru Gallery of Indian Art, established as a major center for public education on India's art and culture. The format is especially effective as it combines a running commentary on the history of aristocratic India for almost 400 years with superior color photographs of objects in the collection accompanied by a standard catalog entry for each. The commentary centers on the high cultures of the Mughal imperium and the Rajput principalities in relation to constellations of local and regional solidarities. Forays in the discourse, backward and forward in time, embrace both pre-Mughal India and the experience of the British Raj. The photographs of the objects are set like gems in the social and cultural contexts of the times and places of their manufacture as these are defined by the text. A glossary of terms and three maps. A grand success on every level; highly recommended.-D. K. Dohanian, University of Rochester
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First published to celebrate the opening of the Nehru Gallery at the V&A, Arts of India is a comprehensive introduction to the arts and culture of India. The Indian art collections at the V&A are unrivalled outside the Indian subcontinent.
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The Arts of India provides a lively and readable introduction to the artifacts produced around the Indian courts, for the wealthy bourgeoisie and for trade. This copiously illustrated book is divided into seven sections which cover the arts of pre-Mughal India, The Mughals, the Deccans, the Rajputs, the Europeans in India, Indian provincial courts after 1750 and the Great Exhibitions and their influence.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. 7
Photographic creditsp. 7
Prefacep. 8
Introductionp. 11
The Arts of Pre-Mughal Indiap. 19
India in the Ancient Worldp. 19
Indian Trade in the Medieval Periodp. 22
The Hindu-Jain Traditionp. 28
The Pre-Mughal Islamic Traditionp. 43
The Portuguese and Early European Tradep. 46
The Age of the Mughalsp. 57
Babur, Humayan and Sher Shah Surp. 57
Akbarp. 62
Jahangirp. 76
Shah Jahanp. 85
Aurangzebp. 97
The Sultanates of the Deccanp. 109
The Rajput Courtsp. 125
The Rajputsp. 125
Mughal Domination of the Rajput Kingdomsp. 128
Rajput Court Paintingp. 131
Painting in the Punjab Hillsp. 141
Europeans and the Textile Tradep. 153
The Lure of the Spiceriesp. 153
Centres of Export Textile Productionp. 155
Furnishing Fabricsp. 158
Costume and Accessoriesp. 166
The Later Provincial Courts and British Expansionp. 173
Historical Backgroundp. 173
Murshidabadp. 177
Oudhp. 180
Mysore and Tipu Sultanp. 184
Sikhs and Maharaja Ranjit Singhp. 188
British Patronage and Scholarshipp. 195
The Raj: India 1850-1900p. 209
British Society in Indiap. 210
The Princely Statesp. 212
Indian Patronage in British Indiap. 216
Decline of the Crafts?p. 218
Continuity and Persisting Skillsp. 226
School of Art in Indiap. 225
India and design in Industrial Britainp. 233
Glossaryp. 228
Bibliographyp. 230
Indexp. 238
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