DUNHUANG ART : THROUGH THE EYES OF DUAN WENJIEISBN : 81-7017-313-2Edited By :Tan Chung
(1994, 456pp., line drawings, col. and b&w illus., bibl., index)
Dunhuang although internationally known is infrequently visited. The Mogao shrine at Dunhuang is a cluster of 492 caves, containing 45,000 square metres of frescoes and 2,415 stucco statues. This is a precious art heritage of the world…Read MoreIt has great historical and artistic value. These caves were created, renovated and maintained continually with devotion and care from the 4th upto the 14th century. They were also maintained during the subsequent periods up till the 19th century. From the 7th to 9th century, culture and art enjoyed a golden period in China, so did Dunhuang Art.[expand title=”View Book”]
In this volume we have provided an English translation of selected writings of Prof. Duan Wenjie, Director of the Dunhuang Academy who has given a chronological study of the contents inside the Mogao caves with several decades of research of the Dunhuang Academy under his command.
Prof. Tan Chung, the editor, has furnished an illuminating introduction, while Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan, the driving spirit behind this volume, has made succinct comments in her ‘Foreword’. A valuable information on all the Mogao caves has been added.
Colour and black and white photographs and fine sketches by Vineet Kumar supplement the text.
The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts is committed to exploring all dimensions of art. It feels privileged to place before art historians and art lovers of the English-speaking world first-hand information about this unique art gallery going back to one-and-a-half millennia.
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ELEMENTS OF BUDDHIST ICONOGRAPHYISBN : 81-7304-432-5Edited By :KRISHNA DEVA
The Elements of Buddhist iconography was first published by the Harvard University Press in 1935. This new edition, Read Moreably edited and revised by Krishna Deva has been enriched by incorporating the additions made by Coomaraswamy in his own hand in his personal copy.
This volume is a sustained demonstration of Coomaraswamy’s knowledge of the external features… of iconography, his knowledge of the entire metaphysical tradition underlying the iconography, as well as the corresponding traditions in Islam and Christianity. It is a demonstration of the characteristic of a universe of discourse based on a detailed textual, iconographic and comparative studies that include the metaphysics phraseologies and iconographies of Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam.
Buddhist art in India begins about the second century BCE, with a well-developed set of symbols in its iconography. But it does not seem possible to completely separate Buddhism as religion
and art from the main current of lndian religion and art, or to think these symbols suddenly developed as a new creation. Coomaraswamy believes that the source of early iconography of the Buddhist art is in still earlier Vedic and Upanisadic conceptions. In addition, he noticed many surprising similarities between passages in the Vedic literature and in the medieval Christian theologians and mystics. The illuminating parallels found in the non-Indian traditions convinced him that mystical theology the world over is the same.
The present study deals with the basic symbols of Buddhist art, viz. the Tree of Life, the Earth-Lotus, the Word-Wheel, the Lotus-Throne and the Fiery Pillar, and shows that these symbols can be traced back beyond their first representation in Buddhist iconography through the an iconic period of the Brāhmanical Vedas, even into the Ṛgvedic period itself, and that they represent a universal Indian symbolism and set of theological concepts.
ELLORA: CONCEPT AND STYLEISBN : 81-7017-277-2Edited By :Carmel Berkson
(1992, 391pp., b&w ills., appen., gloss., bibl., index)
This is a definitive and co-ordinative treatment of the world-famous rock-cut caves at Ellorā. The text discusses relationship between the environment and the temples and examines the architectural and compositional features which unify the caves.
The book offers a fundamental approach to the life of form in background of organic totality of the Ellorā caves…Read MoreThe author draws the reader’s attention to the great and startling innovations in the life of form, with special reference to the four panels in Daśāvatāra, Cave 15, of the pre-medieval period. Being a sculptor, her focus on the sculptures of Ellorā makes a valuable contribution to art history.
This volume contains an intensive study, including about 270 photographs and an illustrated glossary, seen through the eyes of a sculptor with emphasis on aesthetics and multi-faceted view.
ESSAYS IN ARCHITECTURAL THEORYISBN : 0-19-563805-0Edited By :Michael W.Meister
(1995 xxiii+122 pp. figs, notes, appen., indexes)
This volume presents the essays that best represent Coomaraswamy’s rapidly developing thinking on the hermeneutics of architecture-its “why” not ‘how”. These can best be understood in the order in which they were written…Read MoreFrom a discussion of the “Pāli Kaṇṇikā: Circular Roof-plate” of ancient wooden construction in 1930,Coomaraswamy moved on to a much more widely ranging metaphysical exploration of ‘The Symbolism of the Dome” (1938). He made a conceptual leap to connect the physiognomy of costume with architectural meaning in his essay on “Uṣṇīśa and Chatra: Turban and Umbrella” (1938); profoundly connected “Decoration” to essential meaning in “Ornament” (1939); and extended the “significant form” of architecture to that which transforms men in “Svayamātṛṇṇā: Janua Coeli” (1939). A summing-up essay on “An Indian Temple: The Kandarīya Mahādeo” (1947), published in the year of his death, placed the form of the temple at the still centre of Coomaraswamy’s thought.
ESSAYS IN EARLY INDIAN ARCHITECTUREISBN : 019-563094-7Edited By :Michael W.Meister
(1995, xxviii+151 pp.)
Three of Coomaraswamy’s essays which were published in a journal Eastern Art, published by the Fledgling College Art Association and the fourth essay on “Huts and Related Temple Types” survived only in manuscripts have made access to Coomaraswamy’s accomplishments in the area difficult for most students and scholars…Read MoreThis volume for the first time brings together four major essays along with Coomaraswamy’s analysis of “Indian Architectural Terms”. An introductory essay by Michael W. Meister on “The Language and Process of Early Indian Architecture” connects Coomaraswamy’s foundational essays with more recent scholarship on the origination of India’s vast tradition of temple achitecture. An afterword, with Joseph Rykwert, on “Adam’s House and Hermits’ Huts”, presents a conversation with a major Western architectural historian concerning Coomaraswamy and the profound utility and significance of his work.
ESSAYS ON RELIGION LITERATURE AND LAW:BY GUNTHER-DIETZ SONTHEIMERISBN : 81-7304-521-6Edited By :HEIDRUN BRUCKNER, ANNE FELDHAUS, ADITYA MALIK
(2004, 467pp., index)
This volume contains fourteen selected papers in English by the late G.D. Sontheimer and follows up on his earlier volume King of Hunters, Warriors, and Shepherds: Essays on Khaṇḍobā. The articles chosen for publication here span a wide thematic and temporal range and will be of interest to students of Hinduism…Read MoreThe volume contains essays on the juristic personality of Hindu deities, the history and religion of pastoral groups in the Deccan and the interdependence of folk and scriptural religion.
The articles reflect Sontheimer’s multidisciplinary approach, combining the methodologies of philology, anthropology, history, archaeology, epigraphy and iconography. Three other articles, illustrated by over a hundred photographs, focus on hero- and satī-stones of the Deccan and western India. Sontheimer identified the worship of heroes and satīs as an important element of folk religion. He analyses the memorial stones in the context of other historical social and religious references, physical ecology and literary sources. Yet another set of articles deals with aspects of oral literature. Two papers can be considered building blocks for a model of Hinduism that was finally worked out in “Hinduism The Five Components and Their Interaction” (1989), the article which concludes the present volume.
Evening Blossoms: The Temple Tradition of Sañjhī in VṚndavanaISBN : 91-207-1645-0Edited By :Asimakrishna Dasa
(1996, 63pp., col. and b&w ills., notes, bibl.)
The temple tradition of Sāñjhī in Vrndavana describes the transformation of a folk tradition. Sāñjhī was originally a ritual worship undertaken by unmarried girls throughout northern India to obtain a suitable husband. It became a temple tradition in the seventeenth century when the devotional bhakti movement…Read Morelinked it to the games played by Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa as children in Vraja, the cowherd camp where God was pleased to reside as Śrī Kṛṣṇa in the previous era. The devotional verses of the next two centuries describe these games and evoke Sāñjhī as a ritual design made with forest flowers in the autumn, after the rains. Thus, Rādhā, Kṛṣṇa’s āhlādinī śakti or joygoing potency, who is also prakṛti (nature), is engaged in her own beautification.
Exploring India’s Sacred Art :Selected writings of Stella KramrischISBN : 81-208-1208-xEdited By :Barbara Stoler Miller
(1994, xxii+356pp. ills., notes, index,)
This volume presents a selection of essays written by a pioneering interpreter of Indian art and its religious contexts. The writings collected here emphasize the cultural and symbolic values of Indian art. The first section discusses the social and religious contexts of art…Read More
This is followed by essays on various forms of ritual art. The section entitled ‘The Subtle Body” is derived from her term for the form that underlies concrete shapes; it includes studies of literary and visual symbolism.
Further essays concentrate on formal and technical aspects of temple structure and painting in the context of their symbolic meaning. Over 150 illustrations, many of them prepared especially for this volume, provide a vital visual dimension to her writing. Also included is a biographical essay by the editor of the volume and Joseph Dye’s comprehensive bibliography of her works.
FORM / SHAPE – REKHA, AKARAISBN : 81-208-1917-9-0Edited By :R.C. Sharma
(2002, xxxii+475 pp., line drawings, bibl., index,)
The present volume is the manifestation of the vicārāgni (fire of thoughts) kindled by the earlier seers and continued by later thinkers that highlights a number of visual art forms….Read MoreThe form or shape remains the basic element despite its multiple representations and their explanations The study reveals a vast and interesting scope for further studies in the subject. The volume deals with ten articles contains ten terms – rekhā, ākāra, ākṛti, rūpa-pratirūpa, sakala-niṣkala, arcā, mūrti, pratimā-pratikṛti, prāsāda
GIFTS OF EARTH- TERRACOTTAS AND CLAY SCULPTURE OF INDIAISBN : 81-85822-09-03Edited By :Stephen P. Huyler
(1996, 232pp., col. plates, bibl., gloss.)
Clay is essential to Indian culture, past and present. It is accessible everywhere; it takes form with very little effort; and its fragility assures its constant renewal . It has been the perfect vehicle for Indian creativity throughout the ages…Read MoreThe shapes and styles of items made of clay, both fired and unfired,are innumerable. They comprise everything from the minuscule to the gigantic, from simple to highly ornate, from realistic to abstract, from purely practical to utterly fantastic. Many of the potters who make them act dual roles as craftsman and as links to god.
In a text sumptuously illustrated in colour, the author and photographer, Stephen P.Huyler, surveys the exciting craft through examples from all over India. he documents for the first time contemporary potters: their techniques and production, and the use of clay in the households and temples today, exploring comparison of today’s products with those of ancient India