Indian Temple Sculpture - the exhibition catalogue from V&A available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Indian Temple Sculpture

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'Essential and beautiful ... this lavishly illustrated book is a welcome and much-needed addition to the subject of Indian religious art' - RA Magazine

A richly illustrated book exploring Indian religious sculpture in its temple setting exploring its origins and cosmological meaning and its role in facilitating worship by devotees

Illustrated with the Victoria and Albert Museum's unrivalled collection of South Asian sculpture, this book examines Indian temple sculpture as an instrument of worship, conveying powerful religious experiences, both emotive and aesthetic. It traces the early origins of sculptural imagery in India, the emergence of the pantheon of deities associated with the growth of temple building, and with the codification of image-making.

The central role of the temple setting is presented through archival and contemporary photographs underscoring the role of ritual practice and the vitality of the temple festivals still enacted today. This book also provides a fascinating introduction to the principal iconographic forms in the three traditional religions of the Indian subcontinent, Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism, with the principal deities presented through their myths and manifestations.
  • Author: John Guy, Curator of the Arts of South & South East Asia at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Hardcover: 192 pages | 150 illustrations
  • Date published: December 2017
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1851779192
  • Product Dimensions: 28.8 x 22.5  cm

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