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The first objective of this study was to emphasize the importance of portraiture in the Indian culture. It gives some ideas on: the multiplicity of images which can be deemed as portraits; the multiplicity of shapes and forms that these images can take; the multiplicity of functions attributed to them; and, finally, the antiquity of the phenomenon. This study is viewed as a set of preliminary reflections to propose a large-scale approach of portraiture in South Asia. To sum up, it is quite difficult to exhaust all the semantic and artistic richness of portraiture, be it in India or anywhere in the world. Regarding the relationships of Indian art with foreign civilizations, two completely opposite views exist. The first one, which has long been prevalent among European indologists. The second view goes to the other extreme: the Vedas are the roots and all the rest are nothing but further developments.

Keywords:European indologists; foreign civilizations; Indian art; portraiture; South Asia; Vedas



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