Sculptures in Bangladesh

Enlarge image (© German Embassy - press section) Sculptures in Bangladesh is a descriptive inventory of altogether 574 selected Hindu, Buddhist and Jain stone and bronze images (ca. 750 – 1200 B.C.) from museums and private collections in Bangladesh.

This volume is the outcome of a collaborate effort of five German scholars from the Institute for Art History of South Asia of the Free University in Berlin and one scholar from the International Centre for Study of Bengal Art (ICSBA) in Dhaka.

The scientific assessment of pre-islamic sculptures in Bangladesh is the foundation for further art historic research and will facilitate appropriate preventive and restoration measures to avoid the decay or even loss of this precious Bengali cultural heritage.

Enlarge image (© German Embassy - press section) The preservation of pre-islamic artefacts has long been neglected in Bangladesh. Therefore, this project also wants to set an example in a country where ethnic and religious minorities still not enjoy the same rights and respect like the predominantly Muslim population.

This project was carried out with the prospect of deepening the cultural relations between our two countries and to promote academic exchange especially in the field of iconography and art history.

Sculptures in Bangladesh is a comprehensive scientific catalogue which has the potential to develop into a much consulted textbook not only for scholars but also for an interested public.

This high quality publication which was funded by the German Foreign Office with an amount of 73,000 Euro can be obtained from Prof. Dr. Enamul Haque at ICSBA in Dhaka (www.bengalart.org).