A study of inscribed reliefs within the context of donative inscriptions at Sanchi

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A study of inscribed reliefs within the context of donative inscriptions at Sanchi

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dc.contributor.advisor Freiberger, Oliver
dc.creator Milligan, Matthew David
dc.date.accessioned 2010-12-17T18:16:47Z
dc.date.accessioned 2010-12-17T18:17:14Z
dc.date.available 2010-12-17T18:16:47Z
dc.date.available 2010-12-17T18:17:14Z
dc.date.created 2010-08
dc.date.issued 2010-12-17
dc.date.submitted August 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2010-08-1992
dc.description.abstract Inscribed relief art at the early Buddhist archaeological site of Sanchi in India exhibits at least one interesting quality not found elsewhere at the site. Sanchi is well known for its narrative reliefs and reliquaries enshrined in stūpas. However, two inscribed images of stūpas found on the southern gateway record the gifts of two prominent individuals. The first is a junior monk whose teacher holds a high position in the local order. The second is the son of the foreman of the artisans of a king. Both inscribed stūpa images represent a departure from a previous donative epigraphical habit. Instead of inscribing their names on image-less architectural pieces, these two particular individuals inscribed their names on representations of stūpas, a symbol with a multiplicity of meanings. In this thesis, I use two perspectives to analyze the visual and verbal texts of these inscribed reliefs. In the end, I suggest that these donations were recorded as part of the visual field intentionally, showing the importance of not only inscribing a name on an auspicious symbol but also the importance of inscribing a name for the purpose of being seen.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject Buddhism
dc.subject Archaeology
dc.subject Art history
dc.subject Buddhist studies
dc.subject India
dc.subject Indian Buddhism
dc.subject Sanchi
dc.subject Buddhology
dc.subject Epigraphy
dc.subject Indian epigraphy
dc.subject Brahmi
dc.subject Donation
dc.subject Inscriptions
dc.subject Dana
dc.subject History of Buddhism
dc.subject Indian history
dc.title A study of inscribed reliefs within the context of donative inscriptions at Sanchi
dc.date.updated 2010-12-17T18:17:14Z
dc.contributor.committeeMember Leoshko, Janice
dc.description.department Asian Studies
dc.type.genre thesis
dc.type.material text
thesis.degree.department Asian Studies
thesis.degree.discipline Asian Cultures and Languages
thesis.degree.grantor University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts

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