Lead isotope and trace element analysis in the study of over a hundred South Indian metal icons

Srinivasan, Sharada (1999) Lead isotope and trace element analysis in the study of over a hundred South Indian metal icons. Archaeometry, 41 (1). pp. 91-116. ISSN 1475-4754

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Abstract: Technical investigations were made on 130 South Indian statuary images and a few miscellaneous artefacts mostly sampled from the Government Museum, Madras, India, and from the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum, UK. Lead isotope investigations were attempted on 60 of these, and compositional analysis for 18 elements on 115, using inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy; thus, for 40 objects both lead isotope and trace element analysis was done. From the isotopic and elemental framework, insights are obtained into some art-historical problems of images and artefacts of the Pre-Pallava, Pallava, Chola (i.e., Vijayalaya Chola), Later Chola (i.e., Chalukya-Chola and Later Pandya), Vijayanagara (and Early Nayaka) and Later Nayaka (and Maratha) dynasties, spanning the Early Christian era to the nineteenth century, along with a few other regional styles. Inferences are also made regarding provenance of the lead and the early use of zinc and brass in the early historic period (c. fourth century BC—fourth century AD).
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Keywords: SOUTH INDIA; EARLY HISTORIC; MEDIEVAL; INDUCTIVELY COUPLED PLASMA OPTICAL EMISSION SPECTROSCOPY; LEAD ISOTOPE ANALYSIS; TRACE ELEMENT ANALYSIS; ICONS; COPPER ALLOY; LEAD; ZINC; COMPOSITION; PROVENANCE; STYLE
Subjects: School of Humanities > Archaeology
Divisions: Schools > Humanities
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2012 06:16
Last Modified: 08 May 2015 10:00
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1475-...
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    URI: http://eprints.nias.res.in/id/eprint/325

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