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This index section presents the list of names, terms and concepts of portraiture in early India. Portraiture is very much the product of the society which leads to its creation-and, as such, it has also a lot to reveal about this society. Its artistic, or even its aesthetic, appreciation is only one of the ways it should be looked at-and sometimes this is the less important, compared to other considerations (social, economic, political, etc). In the history of Western art, the importance of portraiture is widely acknowledged but, even there, global and conceptual studies are rather rare (and most of them have been attempted recently)-probably because it seems relevant to study it in a specific context whereas a general definition appears to be problematic.

Keywords:early India; portraiture; Western art

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