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Sigiriya Paintings of Srilanka: Identification & Interpretation

 
Meena Talim (Author)
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The book delves in detail into the Sigiriya paintings of the island-country of Sri Lanka. It presents a brief account of ancient Sri Lankan history for some 35 years, from AD 459 to 495, as the history of the place is related to the making of the paintings. The work identifies and interprets the Sigiriya paintings on the basis of Pali sources based on study of five nikayas of Suttapitaka. Presenting a number of line drawings of the murals, it discusses the style of Sigiriya painting and artistry in detail especially the impact of the paintings on art elsewhere such as Ajanta and Bagh paintings. The cave paintings are studied as marking a phase of culmination of Sri Lankan art.

Contents: 1. Introduction-Origin of Sigiriya Paintings. 2. Identification and Interpretation. 3. Sigiriya Murals. 4. Style of the Paintings.

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About the author

Meena Talim

Dr. Meena Talim is an internationaly renowned scholar. She was retired as a Professor and Head of Departments of Pali and Ancient Indian Culture, St. Xavier's College, Mumbai (1990). She was the first to be awarded Ph.D. in Pali from University of Mumbai (1960), in Maharastra and the first lady student in India.

Her contribution to the subject, in various aspects, Social, Literary, Political, historical, Medicine and Surgery, Art and Architecture is remarkably significant. Her publication includes 'Buddhavamsa' (1969), 'Women in Early Buddhist Literature (1972)', 'Bagh Paintings' (2004), 'Science of Medicine and Surgery (2009), 'Edicts of King Aoeoka (2010)', 'Life of Women in Buddhist Literature (2010)', 'Ajanta Paintings - Unidentified and Misinterpreted (2013)', 'Bagh Paintings and Sculptures Identifications (2014)', Buddhist Art Vol. I & II (2014). Busshiat Studies, Vol. I and II (2015), 'Sigiriya Paintings of Shri Lanka, Identification & Interpretations (2015)', 'Sanskrit Jatakas of Arya OEura and PaliJatakas (2017)', 'Buddhist Judisprudence (2016)', 'A Comparative and Critical Study of Mahavastu Avadana and Pali-Jatakas (Asiatic Society of Mumbai), 2018', 'A Religious and Cultural Impact on Dunhuang - Cave of China (2018)' Forthcoming - 'Sculptures of Lonad Cave and Pandava-Leni.'

She has been felicitated by, St. Xavier's College, University of Mumbai, University of S.N.D.T.; University of Mumbai - Dept. of Sanskrit, Dept. of Pali, Unicersity of Mumbai, University of Pune.

She has gained National Lifetime Archievement Award for Buddhist Art - K.J. Somaiya Centre for Buddhist Studies (2008), Second Lifetime Achievement Award for Buddhist Art by Governor of Maharashtra (2013), National Award for Pali and Buddhist Studies-Manjuushri, Allahabad (2015), Life Achievement Award (Jeevan Gaurava Paritoshaka) by Kokan Itihasa Parishad (2018).

Dr. Talim is presently working as a Honarary Professo at K.J. Somaiya Centre for Buddhist Studies and visiting Professor at University of Mumbai.

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Bibliographic information

Title Sigiriya Paintings of Srilanka: Identification & Interpretation
Author Meena Talim
Format Hardcover
Date published: 18.02.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789380852447
length vi+76p., Illustrations; Colour; 25cm.