India & The World Area Studies
STYLISTICS OF EARLY KHMER ARTISBN : 81-7305-256-5Edited By :Mireille Benisti
(2003(2 vols.), xxxvi+388pp., illus.)
The present volume contains translations of Benisti’s major publications dealing with Khmer art. The main article is a study of the relations between early Khmer and Indian art, i.e. seventh and eighth centuries, the crucial period of the introduction of Indian religion and other components of Indian culture in the first well-organized kingdom of Khmer land…Read MoreShe has referred to the process of transfer of concepts and motifs; movable objects, such as statues, caskets, ritual objects, etc., transported from India to Khmer land and their decoration which could have inspired local artists.
Benisti held that art is a living entity and that it is always in a state of transformation. In this context, she has pointed out links and translations between different styles, moments of evolution in which a particular style abandoned some characters and adopted the primitive aspect of new characters of a later style.
Several articles contained in this volume bring to light moments of transition from one style to another. She has given precise definitions and analysis of decorative motifs – the bezelband, the makara, the voluted leaf, the beaded garland, pendant, etc. Her systematic survey of styles, along with detailed study of iconography, thus provides a solid foundation for a comprehensive study of Khmer art.
THE THOUSAND-ARMED AVALOKITESVARAISBN : 81-7017-247-0Edited By :Lokesh Chandra
(1988, 303 pp. bibl., plates)
This publication is a fundamental work based on original Sanskrit, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Sogdian and Tibetan works, on the ongm of Avalokiteśvara. Several prevalent folk deities were assimilated into the iconographical form of Avalokite8vara. The worship of Avalokiteśvara was accompanied by a dhāraṇī (recited hymn). This work describes five versions of dhāraṇī…Read More
The present edition is largely based on the texts of Bhagavad-dharma, Amoghavajra, Vajrabodhi and Chin-t’ung in Chinese characters. The original texts are also given in their indigenous scripts. Siddham manuscripts from Korea and Japan have been reproduced in facsimile.
RECENT STUDIES IN INDONESIAN ARCHAEOLOGYISBN : 13; 978-93-50500002Edited By : Edi Sedyawati and I. Wayan Ardika
(2012, x + 215pp. index)
The pioneering researches on Indonesia are mostly done by Dutch scholars who formulated various theories based on archaeological remains. Since then, a large number of new discoveries have been brought to light. The present book Recent Studies in Indonesian Archaeology includes seventeen research papers contributed by eminent scholars of Indonesia…Read MoreThese papers mainly focus on Balinese and Javanese archaeology.
Prehistoric evidence points to the existence of developed societies practicing ancestral worship and also engaged in regional barter trade. The megalithic study reveals prevalence of homogenous culture continuing from Sumbawa to east of Bali. International trade gained strength because of the availability of natural products. Maritime activities culminated into the development of Hindu-Buddhist culture. The Padmasana in Bali brings to light the understanding of Indian philosophy.
The sculptural analysis of the divine figures throws light on the enigmatic character of the deity. The location of the temples, especially in Central Java, is based on the geographical settings. The metal working shows elements of pre-Hindu technology. Land-ownership broaches the social and administrative system of ancient Bali. The Subak system shows continuity of Balisnese traditional social institution. The structural spatial analysis exposes the social and cultural significance of the city of the Islamic period. These pages provide the reader of the various aspects of Indonesian culture.