Bamiyan, hariti and kindred iconics
The book begins with the sunyata of Bamiyan, discusses its international nexus, the tragic history of its destruction where Hazara tribals once lit an occasional lamp to the glory of their ancestors, its influence on the Buddhist sculptural tradition, the failure of all efforts to prevent iconoclasm, or the positive comment of an Afghan: interest in Afghanistan's past gives hope for Afghanistan's future. The arise of a colossal Maitreya at Bodhgaya, and the 231 feet Maitreya at Leshan are the offshoots of Bamiyan. The symbolism of the Cosmic Buddhas of Bamiyan gives a glimpse of their scintillating philosophical universe.;Contents: Preface; 1. Bamiyan and the international Gandhara tradition; 2. The 13th century restoration of Bodhgaya; 3. The tragic history of the Buddhas of Bamiyan; 4. The Colossal Buddhas at Bamiyan and their influence on Buddhist sculpture; 5. The Buddhas of Bamiyan: symbols of Afghanistan's forlorn past; 6. Some colossal projects in Sichuan; 7. The syncretic symbolism of the Cosmic Buddhas of Bamiyan; 8. Hariti, the mother of demons; 9. A Mongolian miniature of Ganesa and Indra as the flamonium and regnum of the Mongolian state; 10. A unique Tibetan manuscript of mudras in the Royal Library, Copenhagen; 11. Aesthetic pleasure: representation of rasas on the hidden base of the Borobudur; 12. Surocolo bronzes and their Tantric text; 13. The Divine Family: Siva, Parvati, Ganesa and Karttikeya; 14. Saptamatrka panels in Gujarat; 15. Images of Sakti in the Queen's Stepwell at Patan; 16. Sri Krsna - The Soul of Indian Painting; 17. Costumes and textile patterns depicted in the Ragamala paintings; 18. Dance and music in Jain paintings; 19. Paintings of Gujarat; 20. Persian elements in illustrated Jain manuscripts of Gujarat; 21. Dhola-Maru paintings and Rajasthani culture; 22. Arts and crafts of Kutch; 23. Raja Ravi Varma Collection in the Baroda Palace Museum; 24. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Museum, Surat; 25.The art of Nicholas Roerich and his son Svetoslav Roerich; 26. Helena: the rhythm of life and luminous Sakti;
ISBN 13: 9788177421033
ISBN 10: 8177421034
Pages etc.: viii+280p., (3) col. pls., (73) b&w pls., (3)maps, ind., 29x43cm.
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