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Title: The illustrations of the Shangri Rāmāyaṇa : early court painting in the Punjab hills
Author: Bagri, Alka
ISNI:       0000 0004 2719 1492
Awarding Body: Oxford University
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2011
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The illustrated set of paintings known as the Shangri Rāmāyaṇa represent one of the most extensive examples of the epic to have survived from India. The manuscript carries no colophon or inscription indicating its date or provenance and these are still contested. While scholars have written about the structure and stylistic components of isolated pages this important series has never been studied in sequence. In order to create a wider framework of reference in which to analyse individual paintings, the main body of this work is therefore a descriptive catalogue of the manuscript's extant folios. The thesis itself questions current opinion as to the nature of the series' constituent styles through a close analysis of the six books. It also establishes a historical context by looking at the development of Pahari painting from the mid-seventeenth to early eighteenth century, as well as the circumstances in which both earlier and contemporaneous illustrated sets of the Rāmāyaṇa were commissioned. The final chapter addresses the manuscript's much disputed provenance.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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