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Indian Temple Sculpture

by John Guy

This book examines Indian temple sculpture as an instrument of worship, conveying powerful religious experiences.
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216 x 280 mm | 8.5 x 11 in
Paperback | 192 pages
150 colour photographs
50 colour illustrations
1 map
ISBN:
978-93-85360-34-3 (Mapin)

 
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Rs.1,750.00  | $39.50
 
 
 
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Table of contents

Religious Sculpture of the Indian Subcontinent

The Rules of Design: the Sastric Tradition

The Temple Setting

Devotion and Temple Worship

Iconography and Emotion

Manifestations and Appearances

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In this innovative book, John Guy examines Indian religious sculpture in its temple setting, exploring its origins and cosmological meaning, its function within the architectural schema and its dynamic role in facilitating worship by devotees. Illustrated with the Victoria and Albert Museum’s unrivalled collection of South Asian sculpture, it examines Indian temple sculpture as an instrument of worship, conveying powerful religious experiences, both emotive and aesthetic. It traces the early origins of sculptural imagery in India, the emergence of the pantheon of deities associated with the growth of temple building, and with the codification of image-making. The central role of the temple setting is presented through archival and contemporary photographs, underscoring the role of ritual practice and the vitality of the temple festivals still enacted today. This book also provides a fascinating introduction to the principal iconographic forms in the three traditional religions of the Indian subcontinent, Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism, with the principal deities presented through their myths and manifestations.

 

JOHN GUY is the Florence and Herbert Irving Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. He previously served for 22 years as Senior Curator of Indian Art at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. He is an elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Major publications include Arts of India: 1550–1900 (Mapin 1990), Indian Art and Connoisseurship (Mapin 1995) and Wonder of the Age: Master Painters of India (Mapin 2012).

 
 

Praise

"…produced sumptuously…a rich compendium to understanding the religious sculpture of India in all its complexities…It is a masterly study."
–    Professor Kesavan Veluthat Central University, Hyderabad

 

 

"…aims at [both] a universal context for understanding Indian sculpture, and a developmental history of the formation of the major icons…when detailing specific examples Guy is at his best."
–    Dr. Cathleen Cummings University of Alabama, USA

 

 

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