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Ajanta’s Evolution: From Sāvakayāna to Bodhisatvayāna amid Hunnic Turmoil

Rajesh Kumar Singh

This book offers a new scholarly exploration of the rock-cut Ajanta Caves located in the modern-day Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, India, their sculpture and paintings. The book meticulously traces the rise, transformation, and legacy of these architectural marvels from the late third century BC to around AD 480. READ MORE

Paperback: £38.00

South Asian Goddesses and the Natural Environment

ed. Marika Vicziany et al.

This multidisciplinary collection presents 11 essays ranging from the pre-Vedic to the modern era and incorporating research on Hindu, Buddhist and tribal cultures. Authors ask whether the worship of goddesses, strongly linked to fertility rituals, might have mitigated the ecological decline of South Asia in the pre-British and post-colonial eras. READ MORE

Paperback: £45.00 | eBook: £16.00

Gandharan Art and the Classical World: A Short Introduction

Peter Stewart

This book offers an introduction to Gandharan art and the mystery of its relationship with the Graeco-Roman world of the Mediterranean. It presents an accessible explanation of the ancient and modern contexts of Gandharan art, the state of scholarship on the subject, and guidance for further, in-depth study. READ MORE

Paperback: £19.99 | Open Access

Gandhāran Art in Its Buddhist Context

ed. Wannaporn Rienjang et al.

This book considers Gandhāran art in relation to its religious contexts and meanings within ancient Buddhism. Addressing the responses of patrons and worshippers at the monasteries and shrines of Gandhāra, papers seek to understand more about why Gandhāran art was made and what its iconographical repertoire meant to ancient viewers. READ MORE

Paperback: £30.00 | Open Access

Light of Devotion: Oil Lamps of Kerala

Carol Radcliffe Bolon

This in-depth study of the medieval oil lamps of Kerala and beyond considers these art objects as primary sources for a broader discussion on the ritual use of Hindu oil lamps, their related and unique cultural history, their motifs, style and subject matter. From an understudied region, many of the pieces presented are previously unpublished. READ MORE

Paperback: £35.00 | eBook: £16.00

The Rediscovery and Reception of Gandhāran Art

ed. Wannaporn Rienjang et al.

From the archaeologists and smugglers of the Raj to the museums of post-partition Pakistan and India, from coin-forgers and contraband to modern Buddhism and contemporary art, this fourth volume of the Gandhāra Connections project presents the most recent research on the factors that mediate our encounter with Gandhāran art. READ MORE

Paperback: £40.00 | Open Access

The Geography of Gandhāran Art

ed. Wannaporn Rienjang et al.

This second volume of the Gandhāra Connections project at Oxford University’s Classical Art Research Centre aims to pick apart the regional geography of Gandhāran art, presenting new discoveries at particular sites, textual evidence, and the challenges and opportunities of exploring Gandhāra’s artistic geography. READ MORE

Paperback: £38.00 | Open Access

Walking with the Unicorn: Social Organization and Material Culture in Ancient South Asia

ed. Dennys Frenez et al.

This volume, a compilation of original papers written to celebrate the outstanding contributions of Jonathan Mark Kenoyer to the archaeology of South Asia over the past forty years, highlights recent developments in the archaeological research of ancient South Asia, with specific reference to the Indus Civilization. READ MORE

Paperback: £110.00 | eBook: £16.00

Problems of Chronology in Gandhāran Art

ed. Wannaporn Rienjang et al.

‘Problems of Chronology in Gandhāran Art’ is the first publication of the Gandhāra Connections project at the University of Oxford’s Classical Art Research Centre. It presents the proceedings of the first of three international workshops on fundamental questions in the study of Gandhāran art, held at Oxford in March 2017. READ MORE

Paperback: £32.00 | Open Access