On Maurya Art

Frederick M Asher

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Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Companion to Asian Art and Architecture
PublisherWiley Blackwell
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)9781405185370
StatePublished - Jul 26 2012


  • Art, viewed as evolving from its maurya beginnings
  • Ashoka's allahabad pillar, samudragupta's inscriptions placing him in focus
  • Maurya art, the art of ashoka's time, and what stories relate
  • Mauryan art, being replete with unanswered questions
  • Mauryan dynasty as creator, post-enlightenment of individual artists
  • Messages inscribed, exhibiting extent of ashoka's authority
  • Pillar and inscriptions of ashoka in buff sandstone, lauriya-nandangarh, bihar
  • Pillars, carrying edicts, representing the world axis (axis mundi)
  • Present-day identification of sites, not exact locations of the historic
  • The pillars, and placement as such, as monasteries for religious/and traveller's needs

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