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The Elegant Image: Bronze from the Indian Subcontinent in the Siddharth K. Bhansali Collection

Pratapaditya Pal (Author)
A comprehensive discusson of an extensive collection of metal sculptures from the India subcontinent Although the objects reflect the personal taste of the collector, they not only cover the entire subcontinent but also span 15 centuries of the Common Era, a few being even older. Thematically they represent divinities of the Hindu pantheon as well as Buddhist and Jain deities, providing a rich array of the diverse figures of the three major religions of ancient India. This is the first comprhensive survey of the major schools of Indian religious bronzes for over half a century. In discussing these the author has juxtaposed matters of style, iconography, and chronology with his own personal aesthetic.
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About the author

Pratapaditya Pal

Pratapaditya Pal is currently Fellow for Research at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California, and General Editor of Marg Publications in Mumbai. For twenty-five years (1970-95) he was Senior Curator of Indian and Southeast Asian Art at the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art and from 1996 to 2003 Visiting Curator for Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he most recently organized the much acclaimed exhibition Himalayas: An Aesthetic Adventure (2003).

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Title The Elegant Image: Bronze from the Indian Subcontinent in the Siddharth K. Bhansali Collection
Format Hardcover
Date published: 09.07.2011
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Marg Publications
Language: English
isbn 9789380581071
length 192p., 200 Illustrations; Plates; 31cm.