The stereotypical image of Indian women portrayed in the art of stone sculpture is often interpreted as images of beauty that are sensuous, religious as well depict social life. There are historical reasons for depicting her as such. This paper inquires into the changing depiction and social forces that influenced feminine imagery. This paper examines the portrayal of beauty through idealization of female body which has evolved over the centuries in India. It also aims to understand their changing status and explores issues of feminine identity, status, and empowerment largely in ancient and medieval India. It also provides a brief account of their contribution to society, as revealed by literary and historical evidences. The role of women, both in private and public life, was shaped by cultural traditions and historical circumstances.
"Identites of Women in Indian Art and History,"
Monsoon: South Asian Studies Association Journal: Vol. 2:
1, Article 2.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.lmu.edu/monsoon-sasa-journal/vol2/iss1/2
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