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RZ-50997-09

Columbia University (New York, NY 10027-7922)
Vidya J. Dehejia (Project Director: November 2008 to present)

The Unfinished: Indian Stone Carvers at Work

A study of unfinished rock-cut and constructed stone monuments in India. (24 months)

Just about every rock-cut site in India and every constructed stone monument yields something incomplete, and in this collaborative project, Dehejia and Rockwell suggest that the very concept of the "unfinished" in pre-modern India requires rethinking. Our preliminary study has begun to generate evidence to resolve a variety of art historical issues; one such, pertaining to rock-cut shrines, is that once the sanctum was complete and ready for worship, the finish of surrounding areas became irrelevant. We plan a volume of essays that will begin the process of integrating an appreciation of the issues related to stone-working techniques, the tools used, the processes of carvers, and the extent to which the final carvings are influenced by the nature of the stone used--into the history of South Asian art. "The Unfinished: Indian Stone Carvers at Work" is a significant start in an untouched field.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$255,000 (approved)
$255,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2010 – 12/31/2012