Exploring India'S Sacred Art Selected Writings Of Stella Kramrisch Ed. & With A Biographical Essay

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Motilal Banarsidass Publishe, Apr 30, 1994 - 356 pages
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Exploring India's Sacred Art presents a selection of Stella Kramrisch's influential essays, along with a biographical essay. The writings collected here emphasize the cultural and symbolic values of Indian art. The first section discusses the social and religious contexts of art. 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 writings. Also included is Joseph Dye's comprehensive bibliography of her works. Exploring India's Sacred Art testifies to the life and work of one of this century's greatest art scholars and provides an unparalleled source of insight into Indian art and culture.
 

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Contents

Indian Terracottas
25
A Bibliography of the Writings of Stella Kramrisch 19191981
35
PATRON AND PRACTICE
51
UNKNOWN INDIA
69
THE SUBTLE BODY
123
Illustrations 57 Gangita Yaksa Bharhut
126
An Image of AditiUttanapad
149
I0 Figural Sculpture of the Gupta Period
181
Kbajurabo
241
Wall and Image in Indian Art 1958
253
Illustrations
272
Ajanta 1937
273
A janta
277
Ajanta
283
List of Abbreviations
309
FIGURES
338

Pfila and Sena Sculpture
204
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