Debjani Paul-Gupta

1941 –
art history

Curriculum vitae

1941born in Kolkata, West Bengal, India, on October 13
1955final examination of secondary education, West Bengal
1960BA history, University of Calcutta
1962MA ancient Indian history and culture, University of Calcutta
1963“Kovid” (degree in Hindustani language and literature), Wardha, India
1965MA in modern world history, University of Calcutta
1970diploma in “Education”, Harvard University
1971-1975studied Indo-Iranian languages and cultures, University of Amsterdam
1971-1976assistant, Institute of South Asian Archaeology, University of Amsterdam
1976-1988lecturer, Institute of South Asian Archaeology, University of Amsterdam
1987PhD under the supervision of J.G. de Casparis, Leiden University
1988-presentindependent researcher
1995-1997voluntary researcher, J.Ph. Vogel collection of Indian miniatures, National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden


1978 “Deity or deified King? – Reflections on a unique Vaisnavite sculpture from Java.” Artibus Asiae 40,4: 311-333.
1979 “A Mathura medallion in the Patna Museum.” Oriental Art n.s. 25,2: 231-239.
1985 “Antiquity of Viṣṇupāda at Gaya: tradition and archaeology.” East and West 35: 103-141.
1987 The art of Nālandā : development of Buddhist sculp­ture, 600-1200 A.D. , s.l., xix, 212 p. – PhD thesis Leiden University.
1989 & Pran Gopal Paul, “Just the one finger yet: a rare representation of Angulimāla in Pāla art.” In: D. Mitra and G. Bhattacharya (eds), Studies in art and archaeology of Bihar and Bengal, New Delhi (Sri Garib Dass Oriental series 83), pp. 35-39.
& Pran Gopal Paul, “Brahmanical imagery in the Kuṣāṇa art of Mathurā: tradition and innovations.” East and West 39: 111-143.
1991 & Pran Gopal Paul, “A singular bronze from Nālandā: a snippet in the history of Pan-Asian Buddhist art and thought.” In: G. Bhattacharya (ed.), Akṣayanīvī: essays presented to dr Debala Mitra in admiration of her scholarly contribution, Delhi: Sri Satguru Publications (Bibliotheca Indo-Buddhica 88), pp. 275-285.
1992 & Pran Gopal Paul, “The Śrāvastī miracle and the art of Nālandā.” Annali Istituto Universitario Orientale 52,2: 141-153.
1995 The art of Nālandā: development of Buddhist sculpture, 600-1200 A.D., Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal. – Revision of PhD thesis 1987.
1996 & Pran Gopal Paul, “Images of the wise one: a Javanese gold Bodhisattva and its Nālandā precursor.” In: Khaisri Sri-Aroon [et al] (eds), Studies & reflections on Asian art history and archaeology: essays in honour of H.S.H Professor Subhadradis Diskul, [Bangkok: Silpakorn University], pp. 455-467.
1998 “Matta-mātaṅga: an intriguing aspect of the Nālāgiri episode in South and Southeast Asian art.” In: M.J. Klokke and Th. De Bruijn (eds), Southeast Asian archaeology 1996: proceedings of the 6th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists, Leiden, 2-6 September 1996 . Hull, England, pp. 201-213.
2001 & Pran Gopal Paul, “Iconographic tradition and artistic freedom: ponderings on a form of the Buddhist god of mercy.” In: Marijke J. Klokke and Karel R. van Kooij (eds), Fruits of inspiration: studies in honour of Prof. J.G. de Casparis, … on the occasion of his 85th birthday, Groningen: Forsten (Gonda indological studies 11), pp. 359-372.
2003 & Nandana Chutiwongs, The sentiments of love / Gemoedsstemmingen van de liefde: Indian miniatures in the National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden, Leiden: National Museum of Ethnology. pdf
2008 “Vaisnavite images from Buddhist Nalanda.” In: Nandana Chutiwongs and Nimal de Silva (eds), Ronald Silva felicitation volume, Colombo, pp. 142-148, plates 1-5.
“Ramayana episodes in Himachal paintings: the Leiden collection.” Aziatische Kunst 38,4 ( Parels in een baaierd van lacunes: feestbundel voor Pauline Scheurleer): 116-123.
2010 “The dark goddess of Kalighat.” In: Leelananda Prematilleke (ed.), Abhinandanamālā: Nandana Chutiwongs felicitation volume, Bangkok-Colombo, pp. 351-360.

“A terrifying Buddhist image from Theravada Thailand.” In: S. Pandit and A. Khare (eds), A.P. Jamkhedkar felicitation volume.