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Royal Imagery & Networks of Power at VIjayanagara
A Study of Kingship in South India
Nalini Rao
Bibliography : 2010, viii, 116pp., 13 maps, 31 b/w photos, 41 col. photos, Demy 4vo.
HB ISBN (10) : 8184540914
HB ISBN (13) : 9788184540918

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About the Book:

In her book, Royal Imagery and Networks of Power at Vijayanagara: A Study of Kingship in South India<-i>, Dr. Nalini Rao investigates the nature of ancient Indian kingship through the art and architecture of Vijayanagara (14th - 16th centuries), suggesting an innovative interpretation of royal power as created through the integration of art, ritual, and symbolism.<-p>

-Prof. Robert Brown, Dept. of Art History,
University of California, Los Angeles<-p>

Royal Imagery and Networks of Power at Vijayanagara: A Study of Kingship in South India<-i> brings a unique perspective to the study of kingship in South India by understanding Vijayanagara as a collection of neighbourhoods centered around shared religious, economic, and political landmarks, where art and architecture were a visual form of power that sustained the people, captial and kingdom between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries A.D.<-p>

An analytical study of the artistic remains found in Vijayanagara from the perspective of networks and authority and exchange and an examination of secular sculpture and architecture in VIjayanagara in terms of the dynamics of royal power, this book offers a new outlook on our understandings of the nature, role, and institution of kingship as a semi-structured yet cohesive system of power.<-p>

About the Author:

Nalini N. Rao, Professor of World Art at Soka University of America, California holds a Ph.D. in Ancient History and Archaeology from the University of Mysore and a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of Boundaries and Transformations<-i> (1997), co-author of Contours of Modernity<-i> (2005), and editor of Sangama: A Confluence of Art and Culture During the Vijayanagara Period<-i> (2006). Currently, Rao is involved in a number of research projects including, including a study of South Indian Monasteries, Sarasvati Valley Civilization, and Contemporary Art of India.<-p>

1. Introduction
2. Built Environment and Networks of Power
3. Royal Iconography and Kingly Traditions
4. The Imperial Program of the Mahanavami Dibba
5. Conclusion - Nature of Vijayanagara Kingship
List of Illustrations and Abbreviations

Royal Imagery & Networks of Power at VIjayanagara, by Nalini Rao


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