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The Heritage of BUDDHIST PALA ART

The Heritage of BUDDHIST PALA ART
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About the Book Buddhist art was not created primarily for aesthetic considerations. Most of the works of art were devoted to the revealing of the divine personality of the gods and goddesses. The present book attempts to present a sketch of Buddha's life as well as well- known and important gods and goddess as represented in the art of eastern India of which the Pala art was an important product. The present study will, it is hoped unfold many unknown facts of Pala art to students of art. Besi...
About the Book

Buddhist art was not created primarily for aesthetic considerations. Most of the works of art were devoted to the revealing of the divine personality of the gods and goddesses. The present book attempts to present a sketch of Buddha's life as well as well- known and important gods and goddess as represented in the art of eastern India of which the Pala art was an important product.

The present study will, it is hoped unfold many unknown facts of Pala art to students of art. Besides, some of the regional factors are found determining the art forms of the extensive region of eastern India where the Pala art made itself felt in a big way. An impetus was given to new iconographic forms, which influenced the Buddhist art of the neighbouring countries such as Nepal and also beyond, like Kashmir. Wherever possible, the degrees of correspondence between the textual descriptions and iconic representation have been duly noted.

The Heritage of Buddhist Pala Art, is thus an important step towards iconographic studies, is an expression of author's concern and appreciation for the traditional indigenous art. These works of art, devotion and faith, though deprived of their immediate context, make a significant contribution to the field of sculptural art of the last phase of Buddhist art in India. How passionately the author is involved in the subject, is clear from this book, which gives a deep insight into his pursuits. His detailed observation of progression in the creation of Buddhist works of art and richly/profusely illustrated plates help one to understand, recognize and experience them as the masterpieces of art and also as objects of everyday worship. The book is an attempt to explore new images, new forms and new icons and also understand them in their proper time and space contexts - pan-Indian and regional as well as pre-Pala scenario. Students, scholars and general readers will find this remarkable book of immense use.

About the Author

Dr Sudhakar Sharma is currently secretary in the Lalit Kala Akademi, a premier institution of the Government of India, concerned with promoting and projecting contemporary, Ancient, Tribal and Folk Art. In the discharge of his duties he has to play an active and significant role as an Art Administrator. Before joining the Lalit Kala Akademi, he served the national gallery of Modern Art and the National Museum. He has also been the recipient of the senior fellowship in the Visual Arts, awarded by the Department of Culture, Govt. of India, in the year 2000-02. He has traveled extensively and visited various museums, art galleries, and historical sites in different countries like UK, Australia, erstwhile USSR, Japan, Yugoslavia, Germany, the Netherlands, Singapore, Malaysia, Brazil, Ethiopia, UAE, Vietnam and Thailand, thus reinforcing his interest in art with personal Experience.

Contents

About this book
Preface
Acknowledgements
Scheme of Transliteration
Abbreviations
List of Figures

  1. Introduction
    Subject
    Aims and Objectives
    Scope
    Source
    Previous Works : Limitations and Possibilities
    Geographical and Political Background
    Background of Buddhist Art from Sunga Period to Gupta Period
    Architecture
    Sculpture
  2. Buddhist Art During the Pala Period
    Sculptures
    Bronzes
    Terracottas
    Coins
    Epigraphs
    Buddhist Monuments
    Monastic Architecture
    Little-Known Monasteries
  3. Buddhist Icon in Art and Literature
    Various Forms of Buddha
    Life Scenes of Buddha
    Dhyani Buddhas
    Bodhisattivas
    Other Gods and Goddesses
    Votive Stupas
  4. Tantric Deities
    Male Deities
    Female Deities
  5. Decorative Motifs
  6. Social and Economic Conditions of the Period as Reflected in Buddhist Sculptures
    Social Conditions
    Ornaments
    Economic Conditions
  7. General Evaluation of Buddhist Pala Art
  8. Conclusion - At a Glance
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
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Item Code: IDD778 Author: SUDHAKAR SHARMA Cover: Hardcover Edition: 2004 Publisher: Aryan Books International ISBN: 8173052395 Language: English Size: 11.0" X 8.5" Pages: 216 (B & W Illus: 164)
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