The book provides a different section on each museum, cataloguing significant archaeological findings, sculptures, paintings, arms and weapons, musical instruments, textiles and carpets, crafts and decorative arts, jewellery, terracotta, wood, stone, leather and metal work, ceramics and pottery. This selection of the archival collections explores the rich artistic tradition of Rajasthan, describes their significance and how they figure into the overall developmental pattern of Indian art.
Museums of Rajasthan surveys the character of Rajasthani art and the influences arising from its religious and cultural milieu. The major themes of the collections as well as the style, history, and iconography of individual pieces are succinctly explained. The book combines concise overviews with captivating detail and includes an appendix that provides information about the museum sites, full addresses of all the museums and brief details of opening hours. It is also an engaging visual record and presents superb artworks in stunning well chosen colour photographs. It will be of immense interest to scholars, and will prove to be an invaluable reference tool and guide for visitors to Rajasthan.
The museums covered include those of Ahar, Ajmer, Alwar, Amber, Bharatpur, Bikaner, Chittorgarh, Dungarpur, Jaisalmer, Jhalawar, Jodhpur, Kota, Mount Abu, Pali, Sikar, Udaipur and Virat Nagar.
About the Author
Chandramani Singh is a scholar of art history, sculpture and museology. She is currently Director (documentation) at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
With contributions from Devendra Handa, Rajendra Yadav, Navina Haider Haykel, Vijay Verma,Chandramani Singh, Dharmendar Kanwar, Amal Kumar Jha, Dipti Khera, and R S Mishra.