Both the editors hope, it would be of immense help to all classes of people, both from Bangladesh and abroad, to visit the relics preserved in the museum of V.R.S. and within its horizon (i.e., at different corners of Varendra). They also hope that, this book will generate great interest in the circle of researchers, scholars, teachers and students of Ancient and Early Medieval History, Archaeology, Geography too.
These sculptural remains are mostly in black clay chlorite stone. For a proper comprehension of the art and civilisation of the period and for a comparative study of these specimens along with those of other places in and out of India of the period, they will surely form the most important materials in the hands of scholars. They also appear to have belonged to an independent school of art which flourished in Bengal during the glorious days of the Pala kingdom.
We have not attempted in this brief catalogue to give any detailed description of dimensions etc, and any interpretation of the images from the artistic, mythological, canonical, and ritualistic points of view which are reserved to be dealt with by better and abler hands in a Descriptive Catalogue which is now in course of preparation.
The Society have in their possession six of the earliest copper-plate grants ever discovered in India-the importance of which being very great for a reconstruction of the history of Bengal during the rule of the Imperial Guptas in the fourth, fifth and sixth centuries A. D.
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