The Courts of Pre-Colonial South India

The Courts of Pre-Colonial South India : Material Culture and Kingship

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This book investigates how the material culture of South Indian courts was perceived by those who lived there in the pre-colonial period. Howes peels away the standard categories used to study Indian palace space, such as public/private and male/female, and replaces them with indigenous descriptions of space found in court poetry, vastu shastra and painted representations of courtly life. Set against the historical background of the events which led to the formation of the Ramnad Kingdom, the Kingdom's material circumstances are examined, beginning with the innermost region of the palace and moving out to the Kingdom via the palace compound itself and the walled town which surrounded it. An important study for both art historians and South India specialists. The volume is richly illustrated in more

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  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 23mm | 548g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138990442
  • 9781138990449

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'This book is full of interesting insights and thought provoking ideas.' - South Asian Studiesshow more

Table of contents

Introduction1. The Mansara and Pre-Colonial Kingship2. Vijayanagara and Madurai3. Ramnad Kingdon's Emergence4. Paintings in the Ramalinga Vilasam5. Ramnad Palace6. Ramnad Town7. Ramnad Kingdom 8. Ramnad's Rivalsshow more