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Character, Authorship, Date Of The Kāśyapaśilpa

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The Kāśyapa possesses, on the one hand, the characteristics of a Śilpaśāstra - it is a treatise on architecture and iconography dealing with the same subjects as other such works. On the other hand, it is connected with the Āgamic tradition: Kāśyapam or Aṃśumatkāśyapam is the name of one of the twelve upāgamas of the mūlāgama Aṃśumad. While it is impossible to be absolutely certain, it is highly plausible that the Kāśyapaśilpa is the upāgama Kāśyapa. In any event, the text should not be equated with the mūlāgama Aṃśumad. The Kāśyapaśilpa is traditionally ascribed to the sage Kāśyapa who learned about śilpa from Śiva himself, the latter often occurring as the narrator and teacher in iconographic and architectural texts. According to Ruelius, the Kāśyapaśilpa was probably written around 11th - 12th century AD.

Keywords: Āgamic tradition; Aṃśumad; Kāśyapaśilpa; upāgamas

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