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Stupa: Art, Architectonics and Symbolism

Giuseppe Tucci (Author) Lokesh Chandra (Editor)
Synopsis In 1932 Professor Giuseppe Tucci published his fundamental work Indo-Tibetica I on the stupa in general as well as on stamped and die-cast votive stupas in Indian and Western Tibet, as a contribution to the study of Tibetan religious art and its meaning. It contains crucial results of Tucci’s field investigations and perceptions, which have been inaccessible so far to the English-reading world. The present English translation seeks to put it within the reach of indologists, art historians, Tibetanists, anthropologists, archaeologists and others. The work of Tucci is basic to an understanding of the function of the Stupa, its architecture and the significance of its various parts, and its symbolism in general. Tucci’s translation of classical Sanskrit works on the architectonics of the stupa, like the text of Sahajavilasa which is preserved only in a Tibetan translation, make this book a must for every student of Indian art. Sanskrit equivalents of Tibetan terms make it comprehensible to a wider audience, e.g. stupa/mchod-rten. The profundity which Prof. Tucci bears on the subject gives a creative view, an inner vision, the original perspective in which stupa originated and evolved. The book bears a preface by the General editor of the series, Prof. Lokesh Chandra wherein he discusses at length how the various enumerations of the stupas enable us to formulate anew the functions of the stupa and its semantics. The socio-cultural as well as economic-political significance of the terms stupa, caitya and dhatugarbha from Indo-European linguistics, Vedic tradition, Pali texts, archaeological evidence and Tibetan scrolls provide new insights. A fascinating book on the shared cultural values in Asia and on the consecration of space in the Buddhist world.
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About the authors

Giuseppe Tucci

Prof. Giuseppe Tucci (1894-1984) is the doyen of modern scientific studies of Tibetan art and thought, history and literature. He was for many years Professor of Religions and Philosophies of India and the Far East at the University of Rome. He also taught at universities in India. Professor Tucci made several visits to Nepal and has been on eight expeditions to Western and Central Tibet, collecting historical, artistic and literary material. His scientific expeditions resulted in many historical books, like the Tibetan Painted Scrolls and the seven volumes of Indo-Tibetica in Italian. Prof. Tucci gives word to the mute dialogue of the mind with the mysterious presences in the Land of Snows.

Lokesh Chandra

Prof. Lokesh Chandra is a renowned scholar of Tibetan, Mongolian and Sino-Japanese Buddhism. He has to his credit over 400 works and text editions. Among them are classics like his Tibetan-Sanskrit Dictionary, Materials for a History of Tibetan Literature, Buddhist Iconography of Tibet, and the present Dictionary of Buddhist Art in about 20 volumes. Prof. Lokesh Chandra was nominated by the President of the Republic of India to the Parliament in 1974-80 and again in 1980-86. He has been a Vice-President of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, and Chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research. Presently he is Director, International Academy of Indian Culture.

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Bibliographic information

Title Stupa: Art, Architectonics and Symbolism
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1988
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Aditya Prakashan
Language: English
isbn 8185179204
length xxxiii+154p., Plates; Appendices; Index; 24cm.