Sacred Art in East and West: Its Principles and Methods
Defining the meaning and spiritual use of sacred art through its symbolic content and dependence on metaphysical principles, this work is wide in scope, covering Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Islamic, and Taoist art.
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Plate facing page I Temple of Hampi near Madras
Shiva Dancing Bronze from Southern India
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