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The Iconography of Water: Well and Tank Forms of the Indian Subcontinent

Price : $34.75
ISBN # : 9788124606971
Author : Fredrick W. Bunce
pages: 237
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : D.K. Printworld
Published : 2013

While numerous Indian monuments are well known in the annals of architectural research and excavation, a category of monuments baoli, bawadi, kere, kulam, kunda, talao, tanka, wav and zing was neglected in the oeuvres of architects and art. A few are familiar with the splendid beauty of the Surya Tank, Modhera; the vertiginous Canda Baoli, Abhaneri; the incomparable Rani-ki Wav, Patan; the magnificent Kalyani Tank, Hulikere; and the beautiful Rudabai-ni Wav, Adalaj. Thousands of such monuments are excellent in architectural beauty and design, apparently based on their primary utility drinking, bathing, religious purification and ornamental (recreation).

Water plays a quintessential role in the life of man. Its harvesting, preservation and careful use are of paramount importance, especially in those regions where rains are scanty. Thus took place the construction of these artificial water bodies. Many of them are within the precincts of temples and mosques, built in a time span of seventh to twentieth century ce.

This volume, devoted to the study of water monuments, is heavily loaded with the design of various structures and other vital information. Every detail in this book is assiduously analysed, compared and rechecked to present the dimensions, proportions and relationships of each of the various elements of the structures. Thus it unravels a number of keys by which others can unlock the mysteries and beauties of these neglected monuments. It can be a precious collection for architects, historians, researchers and anyone who loves water bodies.



Author Bio: Fredrick W. Bunce, a PhD and a cultural historian of international eminence, is an authority on ancient iconography and Buddhist arts. He has been honoured with prestigious awards/commendations and is listed in Who's Who in American Art and the International Biographical Dictionary, 1980. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Art, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana. He has authored the following books all published by D.K. Printworld:

Buddhist Textile of Laos, Lan Na and the Isan - The Iconography of Design Elements.

A Dictionary of Buddhist and Hindu Iconography.

An Encyclopaedia of Buddhist Deities, Demigods, Godlings, Saints and Demons (2 vols.).

An Encyclopaedia of Hindu Deities, Demigods, Godlings, Demons and Heroes (3 vols.).

The Iconography of Architectural Plans - A Study of the Influence of Buddhism and Hinduism on Plans of South and South-east Asia.

Islamic Tombs in India - The Iconographical and Genesis of their Design.

Monuments of India and the Indianized States.

The Mosques of the Indian Subcontinent - Their Development and Iconography.

Mudras in Buddhist and Hindu Practices - An Iconographic Consideration. Numbers - Their Iconographic Consideration in Buddhist and Hindu Practices.

Royal Palaces, Residences and Pavilions of India - An Iconographic Consideration.

The Sacred Dichotomy: Thoughts and Comments on The Duality of Female and Male Iconography in South Asia and the Mediterranean.

The Tibetan Iconography of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and other Deities - A Unique Pantheon.

The Yantra of Deities and their Numerological Foundations - An Iconographic Consideration.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Thursday 18 July, 2013.
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