SCARCE FIRST EDITION.; Definitive monograph on the stylistic and iconographic development of metal statues in the Indo-Tibetan cultural region.
"This book, the result of a sixteen year study of Buddhist art, is the first full-length publication concerning the stylistic evolution of the image casting traditions of northern India, the Himalayas and Tibet, as well as those of China during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The very large scope of this publication warranted the division of the subject into several major areas composed of north-western India (Gandhara, Swat Valley, Hindukush Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and western Tibet); north-eastern India divided into several time periods (Kusana, Gupta, post-Gupta and Pala and related styles); Nepal (Licchavi and Thakuri period, the Early Malla period, the Three Malla Kingdoms and the Shah Period); Tibet ('Gilt Schools' and 'Non-Gilt Schools'); and China (Early Buddhist Bronzes, Yuan and Ming Dynasties, and Qing Dynasty). Notwithstanding the fact that this publication covers such a large area - with the exception of early Indian bronzes prior to the Gupta period and Chinese Buddhist bronzes prior to the Ming Dynasty - every section of this study represents the most detailed account so far published, be it north-western India or north-eastern India, Nepal, Tibet or Ming and Qing China. In fact most of the chapters represent the first monologues so far published on the cast images of such areas as Gandhara, the Swat Valley, Himachal Pradesh, western Tibet, Gupta and post-Gupta periods, Pala and related styles, the copper images of Nepal, Tibet or the Lamaist art productions of China during the Ming and Qing Dynasties." excerpt from the introduction.
Published by Visual Dharma Publications, Hong Kong, 1981
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