Hindu Arms And Ritual: A Study Of The Origin, Evolution, And Role In Society Of A Group Of Chiselled Steel Hindu Arms And Armour From Southern India C.1400-1865.pdf
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Publisher: Chicago University Press: 01 edition (1 Feb. 2005)
By: R Elgood (Author)
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Tanjore arms reveal a wealth of information about Hindu warrior society through the intricate and symbolic iconography carved on them. As Elgood shows, inscribed gods, goddesses, and sacred animals and plants infused the weaponry with divine powers of assistance. Drawing on evidence from various sources, such as ancient manuscripts and contemporary art, Elgood also challenges the commonly held opinion that most south Indian arms date from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Instead, he argues, many pieces were made during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and are attributable to the Vijayanagara and Nayaka courts. This beautifully illustrated work is an invaluable contribution to the historical study of Indian arms and material culture.
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