The Sixth-through-Eighth-Century Sculptures of Bihar

Asher, Frederick M.

     The goal of this thesis is to present a coherent picture of the sixth through eighth century sculptures of Bihar by determining and describing the stylistic evolution of these images. The study also discusses many sculptures of the sixth through eighth centuries which previously had not been noticed or published, including works which apparently had been overlooked by art historians from some well-known sites, such as Bodhgaya and Aphsad. The stylistic development of sculpture in Bihar from the sixth through the eighth century, as proposed in the . . . pages of this thesis, is substantially based on works which I found during my tours and in museums, especially the Indian Museum, Calcutta, the Patna Museum, and the site museums at Nalanda and Bodhgaya.