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The Indian Buddhist Iconography

 
Benoytosh Bhattacharyya (Author)
Synopsis This volume is an attempt to present a comprehensive work on Buddhist iconography of India, and is mainly based on Sanskrit text prepared from seven recensions of the Sadhanamala alias Sadhanasamuccaya. The text has been illustrated by pictures representing images in several museums in India and elsewhere in the collection of numerous Nepalese monasteries. In the present work endeavour has been made to identity the images of Buddhist deities by means of Dhyanas given in the Sadhanamala. Wherever images could not be procured, the Sadhana has been illustrated with the help of sketches or drawings prepared by Nepalese chitrakaras of Buddhist origin from the ancient albums of their forefathers, Where no drawing could be obtained only the original text has been quoted with a translation. The importance of Indian Buddhist Iconography lies not only in its being one of the earliest authentic account but also as one of the most outstanding work on the subject not withstanding the change in perception due to new material and research. The work which has long been out-of-print is being re-issued for the use of art-historians, archeologists, conservators and also for the lay readers.
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Bibliographic information

Title The Indian Buddhist Iconography
Format Hardcover
Date published: 23.02.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788173053139
length 274p., b/w Plates; Bibliography; Index; 29cm.