During the reign of the Cholas of Tamil Nadu (ca. 850-1250) numerous temples were constructed. Inscriptions on the walls of many of those temples record the gifts of bronze images of deities and endowments to maintain them. However, now very few temples have any of those images. The talk, in light of the subsequent history of the region, attempts to provide answers to their fate and disputes some popular assumptions about their disappearance.
I Job Thomas
Job Thomas was born in Nazereth, Tirunelveli and studied in St.Johns College Palayamkottai and Madras Christian College and at the University of Michigan. His first job at the Madras Museum instilled in him a passion for Art history. He left for U S on a Fulbright grant and completed his doctoral studies under Dr. Walter Spink. He joined Davidson College as its Director of South Asian Studies Programme.