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  • Buddhist Art in India and Sri Lanka — 3rd Century bc to 6th Century ad: A Critical Study

Buddhist Art in India and Sri Lanka — 3rd Century bc to 6th Century ad: A Critical Study

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The book is a comprehensive study of the evolution and development of Buddhist visual art in India and Sri Lanka, taking into consideration their diverse forms and the impact of regional trends on them. Consulting a number of original sources including scholarly works in the Sinhala language, Dr. Dabral highlights the salient features of ancient Buddhist art in the two countries with special attention to architecture, sculpture, painting, use of symbols like the lotus and Sri Lanka devil masks. Dr. Dabral emphasises how Sri Lankan Buddhist art though originally derived from Indian art, developed its own art forms on the basis of local conditions. The critical study evaluates Buddhist art under various rulers/empires such as the Mauryan empire, the Kushanas, the Nagas and the Guptas. With numerous plates and an extensive bibliography, it gives insights into important aspects like the architectural excellence of stupas and viharas, the Sigiriya frescoes, Ajanta and Bagh paintings, Mathura, Gandhara and Sarnath schools of art, and the Jatakas as reflected in carvings at Sanci, Amaravati and other places.

  • Binding: : Hb
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124601624
  • Edition : 1st
  • Year : 2000
  • Pages : xxvii, 211
  • Size : 25 cm.
  • Series Number : 13
  • Series Name : EMERGING PERCEPTIONS IN BUDDHIST STUDIES

The series focuses on *Buddhism, the Dhamma *Buddhist Teachings *Philosophy/Metaphysics *The Ancient Schools: Theravada (Hinayana), Sarvastivada, Sautrantika, Mahisasaka and Vinaya (Lu/Ritsu) * The Transitional Schools: Mahasanghika, Lokottaravada, Vatsiputriya, Satyasiddhi *Canonical Texts *Mahayana & the Mahayana Schools like, for instance, Madhyamika Yogacara, Dhyana (Ch’an/Zen) *Buddhist Tantrism *Doctrine *Logic *Psychology *Esoterism * Tibetan Buddhism: History, Sects, Shingon *Buddhist Ethics *Monastic Institutions *Evolution of the Sanghas and Their Organization *Buddhist  Ceremonies & Festivals *Popular Traditions *Rites & Rituals *Symbolism & Iconography *Buddhist Architecture: Monasteries, Stupas, Caves and Other relevant Themes.

Foreword
Preface
List of Plates
Sri Lanka’s Rulers
List of Proper Nouns
1. Introduction
Impact of India on Sri Lanka
Myths and Legends
Ramayana and Sri Lanka
Arrival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka
Christianity and Buddhism
Ashokan Monolithic Columns
Gandhara-Mathura School of Art
Bodhisattvas
2. Architecture
Stupa
List of the Dagabas in Sri Lanka [ From third century bc to sixth century ad] 
The Sinhalese Names of Various Parts of Dagaba
Important Viharas of Sri Lanka
Tables on Stupa — India
3. Painting
Sigiriya: A Picture Gallery
Ajanta Paintings
Bagh
4. Sculpture
Images of Buddha
Anuradhapura
Isurumuniya
Comments
5. Symbolism
Lotus
Sri Lankan Devil Masks
Characteristics of Sri Lankan Masks
Myths and Myths in Symbolic Form
Religious Symbols
Symbols in Art and Literature
The Wheel
Decorative Motif
Tree
Shalabhanjika
Svastika
6. Conclusion
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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