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This is the introductory chapter of this book, which is written for indologists and art-historians to introduce them into the world of animal life and diversity in South Asia. Visual arts are a valuable addition and that is the realm to which this book belongs. The book presents an overview as complete as possible at the present stage of knowledge, of the way in which Indian mammals were depicted throughout the centuries and throughout the subcontinent. It contributes not only to our knowledge of animal depiction in Indian stone sculpture, but also to our knowledge of the perception of Indian people of the various animals and to our knowledge of past distribution of Indian animals.

Keywords: animal life; Indian stone sculpture; South Asia



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