Article ID: CBB991296734

The Sun in Stone—Early Anthropomorphic Imagery of Sūrya in North India (September 2020)


The paper discusses aspects of the iconographical development and the possible reasons for the depiction of the sun god in North India in Buddhist as well as Brahmanical contexts prior to the third and fourth centuries. It demonstrates that by employing careful art historical analysis of the images themselves and, whenever possible, their position in the larger context of a pictorial program, these images can be valuable resources in their own right for a deeper understanding of the notions connected to and transmitted by these images—particularly if neither inscriptions nor other literary sources are directly related to them.

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Article Sonja Brentjes; Dagmar Schäfer (September 2020) Visualizations of the Heavens Before 1700 as a Concern of the History of Science, Medicine and Technology. NTM: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin (pp. 295-304). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Shylaja, B. S.
Harkness, Deborah
Meeks, Lori
Wei, Bing
Jones, Alexander
Tetsuei, Tsuda
Indian Journal of History of Science
Culture and Cosmos
NTM: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin
Ziran Kexueshi Yanjiu (Studies in the History of Natural Sciences)
Sciamvs: Sources and Commentaries in Exact Sciences
Korean Journal of Medical History
Duke University Press
University of Southern California
Harvard University
Infosys Foundation
University of Hawai'i Press
Science and religion
India, civilization and culture
Persia (Iran)
18th century
10th century
Heian period (Japan, 794-1185)
Kamakura period (Japan, 1192-1333)
Northern Wei dynasty (China, 386-534)

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