1st Edition

Early Buddhist Artisans and Their Architectural Vocabulary

By S Settar Copyright 2024

    The early Buddhist architectural vocabulary, being the first of its kind, maintained its monopoly for about half a millennium, beginning from the third century BCE. To begin with, it was oral, not written. The Jain, Hindu, and other Indian sectarian builders later developed their vocabulary on this foundation, though not identically.

    This book attempts to understand this vocabulary and the artisans who first made use of it.

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    Prof D S Achuta Rao

    Prof D S Achuta Rao Endowment




    1.       The Earliest Artisans in History

    2.       The Earliest Scribe-Sculptors in the Lower Deccan (Continued rom Ch. I)

    3.       Early Kharoshti Artisans in North-Western India

    4.        The Early Buddhist Artisans

    5.       Applied Vocabulary of the Early Indian Architecture

    6.       A Buddha Vihara at Aihole



    S Settar is visiting Professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bangalore. He has earlier held the chairs of Prof. S. Radhakrishnan (NIAS, Bangalore); Indian Council of Historical Research (Ministry of Human Resources, New Delhi), and Department of History and Archaeology (Karnatak University, Dharwad); and the Directorships of Indian Institute of Art History, the Indira Gandhi Centre for the Arts (Southern Regional Centre, Bangalore). A bilingual writer (English and Kannada), he has so far published 30 books on history, art history, archaeology, epigraphy, religion and philosophy, Kannada Classical language and linguistics, both in Europe and India.