Frederick M. Asher

Region of Study South Asia  
Primary Country of Residence United States of America  
Title Chair, Department of Art History  
Affiliation University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN  
Email asher@tc.umn.edu  
Mailing Address University of Minnesota
338 Heller Hall
271 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455 USA  
Phone / Fax Number(s) Phones: 612-624-4500
612-624-3569
FAX: 612-626-8679  
Countries Of Specialization India  
Research Interests Projects:

1. Indian artists working in traditional modes, particularly focusing
on artists at Patharkati and their kin working in Jaipur; I am
interested in how they procure their stone, how they interact with
patrons or otherwise sell their products, how they evaluate quality,
and all other aspects of their work.

2. The source of rock from which eastern Indian sculptures,
particularly those of the Pala dynasty, were carved; I am purusing
this by examining the petrology of samples from both sculptures and
possible quarry sites.

3. The historiography of the discipline, that is,
South Asian art history; I am particularly interested in the construction
of the discipline along religious lines and the sense that seems to
permeate scholarship that, in essence, the older the work the more
interesting it is, or, conversely, the more recent the less interesting it
is for art historians.  
Publications None on file.  
Keywords art history ; Indian artists ; traditional art ; Patharkati ; Jaipur ; historiography ; religion ; .