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The Art of Indian Asia: Its Mythology and Transformations (In 2 Volumes)

 
Heinrich Zimmer (Editor)
Synopsis

The present work is intended not as a handbook but as an introduction to its subject, to be read from beginning to end. Chapter 1, presenting as it does a brief historical outline of the transformations of Indian Art as well as a Key to the symbology of the forms, can be used as a guide during the first perusal of the pictures. For the reader then wishing to find quickly the several portions of text referring to any specific group of monuments, a copious index has been supplied, together with textual references in the description of plates and cross-references in the footnotes. Marginal references to the plates, furthermore, accompany the text. These have made possible an easy and rapid correlation of the materials of the two volumes. The first two groups of plates in the text volume illustrate, for the most part, the anthropological and comparative observations of the text. Included among them, however, are a few photographs that are indispensable to Dr. Zimmer's argument but do not meet the aesthetic standard of the plates volume. On the other hand, the final cluster of text plates constitutes an independent pictorial appendix, illustrating the miniature and Rajput art of the eleventh to nineteenth centuries A.D. Because of the delicate, lyrical quality of paintings on palm leaf and paper, which sets them apart, some-what, from the tradition of the stone monuments, they are given a separate place.

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About the author

Heinrich Zimmer

The noted indologist Heinrich Zimmer born in Germany in 1890 came to the United State in 1940.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Art of Indian Asia: Its Mythology and Transformations (In 2 Volumes)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition Reprint
Language: English
isbn 8120816307
length xxxvii+465p., Figures; Charts; Maps; Notes; Appendices; Index