Naman. P. Ahuja will speaks on his latest book Art and Archaeology of Ancient India: Earliest Times to the Sixth Century, Ashmolean Museum: Oxford, 2018
How was the Ashmolean Museum’s rich and representative collection of the art and archaeology of the Indian subcontinent formed? Largely assembled in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, its important holdings of the formative periods of Indian art up to AD 600 are fully presented in this book for the first time. In this talk, Professor Ahuja will lead us through the highlights of the collection. The strength of the Ashmolean’s collection lies in its everyday objects in terracotta or other materials, such as the pots that people used, their small votive offerings, children’s toys or talismanic charms. This lecture provides a vivid insight into the art and material culture of South Asia from the Stone Age to the early post-Gupta period.
The Museum of Art & Photography (MAP) is a world-class museum set to open in the latter end of 2020 in the heart of Bangalore’s museum district on Kasturba Road. MAP is custodian to a growing collection of over 18,000 artworks predominantly from the subcontinent and dating from the 12th century to the present and has been organised into six key departments: Modern & Contemporary Art, Photography, Folk & Tribal Art, Popular Culture, Pre-Modern Art and Textiles, Craft & Design.
While the museum’s physical space is being built, MAP is carrying out its mission through a variety of programmes and projects, including loans, exhibitions, educational workshops and lectures.
For more information, visit: www.map-india.org
Naman P Ahuja
Naman P. Ahuja is a curator of Indian art, Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University and Co-Editor of Marg Publications. He was curator of Indian sculpture at the British Museum in 2001, and contributed to the exhibition and a catalogue of Divine Presence: The Arts of India and the Himalayas at Casa Asia in Barcelona in 2003. He has curated a number of exhibitions on classical and contemporary art and is most noted for his critically acclaimed exhibition on The Body in Indian Art and Thought (2013). He recently co-curated India and the World: A History in Nine Stories at the National Museum and CSMVS. His studies on terracottas, ivories, and small finds have drawn attention to the foundations of Indian iconography and transcultural exchanges at an everyday, quotidian level. His latest book, The Art and Archaeology of Ancient India, Earliest times to the sixth century (2018), presents a catalogue raisonné of the Ashmolean Museum, where he was a Fellow from 2002-‘04.