A renowned meeting ground of Buddhist Asia, Nalanda was
also a prolific centre of artistic output imbued with remarkable aesthetic
vision and innovative skill. The book is the first major study of the Buddhist
sculpture from the site in multiple media like stone, metal and stucco. It
provides a succinct account of the development of plastic from basing on a solid
foundation of iconographic and stylistic analysis. After tracing its Kusana-Gandhara
and Gupta-Sarnath heritage as well as by touching upon its legacy on the art of
Tibet in particular, the author has aptly characterized Nalanda as the seed-bed
for later Buddhist art and iconography of a far wider region beyond the
geographical boundary of eastern India.
About the Author:
The author,Debjani Paul (nee Gupta), is an M.A. in Ancient Indian History and Culture of the University of Calcutta, as Drs. in South-east Asian Art History of the
University of Amsterdam and a Ph.D. of the University of Amsterdam and a Ph.D.
of the University of Leiden. For many years as a Lecturer in the Instituut voor
Zuid-Aziatische Archeologic, University van Amsterdam, she has published some
scholarly articles in Oriental Art, Artibus Asiae, East and West and elsewhere.
At present Dr. Mrs.Paul is an independent researcher in Holland.
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