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Art of Indian Asia (2 Vols.): Its Mythology and Transformation

Price : $199.75
ISBN # : 9788120816305
Author : Heinrich Zimmer & Joseph Campbell
pages: 1079
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Motilal Banarsidass
Published : 2015

The Present work is intended not as a handbook bus as an introduction to its subject, to be read from beginning to end. Each section is preparation for the next. Chapter I, presenting as it does a brief historical outline of the transformation of Indian art as well as a key to the symbology of the forms, can be used as a guide during the first perusal of the pictures. For the reader then wishing to find quickly the several portions of text referring to any specific group of monuments, a copious index has been supplied, together with textual referrences in the Description of Plates and cross-references in the footnotes. Marginal references to the Plates, furthermore, accompany the text. These should make possible an easy and rapid correlation of the materials of the two volumes.

The first two groups of Plates in the text volume illustrate, for the most part, the anthropology and comparative observations of the text. Included among them, however, are a few photographs that are indispensable to Dr. Zimmer s argument but do not meet the aesthetic standard of the Plates volume. On the other hand, the final cluster of text Plates constitutes. An independent pictorial appendix, illustrating the miniature and Rajput art of the eleventh to nineteenth centuries A.D. Dr. Zimmer s notes on this subject had not been developed beyond preliminary jottings, and could not be incorporated in any major section of the text. But since there is actually a rather special, very delicate, lyric quality about these paintings on palm leaf and paper, which sets them apart, somewhat, from the tradition of the stone monuments, it is not inappropriate that they should be given a separate place.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Tuesday 30 June, 2015.
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