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Thomas Eugene Donaldson
1933,  Male ,  USA ,  Professor of Asian Art History

Prof. Thomas Donaldson (Ph.D.) is a leading authority on Indian art, particularly Orissan art, as he has been studying and writing on the subject for more than three decades. His works include a monumental three-volume study titled Hindu Temple Art of Orissa (1985-87), Kamadeva’s Pleasure Garden in Orissa (1987), Sculptural Masterpieces from Orissa: Style and Iconography, co-authored with K. S. Behera (1998), Ornaments of Orissa, co-authored by R.P. Mohapatra (1998), Iconography of Vaishnava Image in Orissa (2001), and The Iconography of the Buddhist Sculpture of Orissa – 2 vols (2001).

1968-69 Teaching Fellow: Case Western Reserve University
1970-71 Bingham Fellow (dissertation research abroad) Case-Western Reserve University
2001 $10,750 EFFRD Research Grant; Cleveland State University
2001 Distinguished Faculty Research Award: Cleveland State University.
1982 NEH Publication Matching Grant of $15,000 for Hindu Temple Art of Orissa.
1983 Millard Meiss Publication Grant $45,000 for Hindu Temple Art of Orissa.
1995 Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Art Publication Grant of one million rupees as co-publishers for Iconography of the Buddhist Sculpture of Orissa.


Ohio Asianist
Midwest Art History
American XCommittee for South Asian Art

1. “Propitious-Apotropaic Eroticism in the Art of Orissa.” Artibus Asiae vol. 37, nos. 1-2 (1975), pp. 75-100.
2. “Development of the Vajra-Mastaka on Orissan Temples,” East and West vol. 26, no 3-4 (1976), pp. 419-33.
3. “Doorframes on the Earliest Orissan Temples,” Artibus Asiae vol. 38, no 2-3 (1976), pp. 189-218.
4. “Development of the Gavaksa Window on Orissan Temples,” Journal of Indian Society of Oriental Art vol. 7 (1976), 1-26.
5. “Decorative Program of the Superstructure on the Orissan Rekha-Deul,” Sidelights of History & Culture of Orissa M.N. Das (Cuttak: 1977), pp. 565-613.
6. “Decorative Scroll Motifs on Orissan Temples,” East and West, vol. 28, No. 1-4 (1978), pp. 225-48.
7. “A Vijayachandakesvalcharita Painted at Patan in CE 1499.” Journal of Indian Society of Oriental Art: Moti Chandra Commemorative Volume (1978), pp. 71-88.
8. “Stylistic Development of Orissan Classical Stone Sculpture,” in Orissa: Kunst und Kultur in Nordost Indien, ed. Eberhard Fischer (Zurich, 1980), pp. 71-88.
9. “Main Motifs in Orissan Classical Stone Sculpture,” in Orissa: Kunst und Kultur in Nordost Indien, ed. Eberhard Fischer (Zurich, 1980), pp. 89-105.
10. “Development of the Nata-Mandira in Orissan Architecture,” in Kaladarsana: American Studies in the Art of India, ed. Joanna Williams (Delhi, 1981), pp. 35-46.
11. “Avarana-Devatas on the Early Saiva Temples of Orissa,” in Society for Ethno-musicology, ed. Temple Tuttle (Cleveland, 1981), pp. 129-52.
12. “Individual Styles & Workshop Participation in the Early Temples of Bhubaneswar,” in Chhavi II, ed. Anand Krishna (Varanasi, 1982), pp. 80-91.
13. “Naga Images and the Cult of Manasa in Orissan Art,” in Rupapratirupa: Alice Boner Commemorative Volume, ed. Bettina Baumer (New Delhi, 1982), pp. 99-109.
14. “Siva Ekapada Images in Orissa,” Ars Orientals, vol. 13 (1982), pp. 154-67.
15. “Beautiful & terrifying: Sakta Images of Orissa,” Arts of Asia, vol. 13, no. 1 (Hong Kong, 1983), pp. 94-106.
16. “Coiffure in Orissan Sculpture: Iconographic & Stylistic Evolution: Part I: Male Figure,” Arts of Asia, vol. 15, no. 4 (Hong Kong, 1985), pp. 82-95.
17. “Coiffure in Orissan Sculpture: Part II: Brahmanical Female and Buddhist Images,” Arts of Asia, vol. 15, no. 5 (Hong Kong, 1985), pp. 68-79.
18. “Orissan Images of Astabhujapita Marici,” Journal of the Orissan Research Society, no. 3 (Bhubaneswar, 1985), pp. 35-44.
19. “Bhiksatanamurti Images from Orissa,” Artibus Asiae, vol. 47, no. 1 (1986), pp. 51-76.
20. “Jaipur an Ancient Sakta-pitha in Orissa,” The Heritage (Madras, 1986), pp. 44-49.
21. “Erotic Rituals on Orissan Temples,” East and West, vol. 36, no. 1-3 (1986), pp. 137-82.
22. “Some Little-Known Metal Images from Orissa,” Arts of Asia, vol. 18, no. 1 (Hong Kong, 1988), pp. 76-85.
23. “Uddiyana Marici Image from Orissa,” Oriental Art, vol. 34, no. 3 (london, Autumn 1988), pp. 213-17.
24. “Ganga Monarch and a Monumental Sun Temple,” in Royal Patrons and Great Temple Art, ed. Vidya Dehejia (Bombay: Marg Publications, 1988), pp. 125-43.
25. “Orissan Images of the Emaciated Camunda – the Devouring Devi-Sakti and Consort of Siva,” in Culture, Tribal History & Freedom Movement: Dr. N.K. Sahu Commemorative Volume, ed. P.K. Mishra (Delhi, 1989), pp. 43-99.
26. “Rare Orissan Sanctum Images Associated with the Agni-Soma Symbolism of the Enshrined Siva-Linga,” Berliner Indologische Studen, Band 4/5 (1989), pp. 327-37.
27. “Rsis, Gurus and Kings in Orissan Temple Art,” in Makaranda: J.C. Harle Commemorative Essays, ed. Claudine Bautz-Picron (Delhi, 1990), pp. 95-108.
28. “The Sava-Vahana as Purusa in Orissan Images from Camunda to Kali,” Artibus Asiae, Vol. 51, No. 1-2 (1991), pp. 107-41.
29. “Varahi and Camunda: Two Terrifying Indian Goddesses,” Gamut, No. 35 (Cleveland, 1992), pp. 55-64.
30. “Cintamani Lokesvara/Cintamanicakra Avalokitesvara and Tara Images from Orissa: A Preliminary Report,” Orissa Historical Research Journal, Vol. 37, No. 2, (1993), pp. 131-52 (no photos).
31. “The Sava-Vahana of Bhairava in Orissan Images — A Sakta/Tantra Concept,” in Krishna Pratibha: Studies in Indology; Prof. K.C. Panigrahi Commemoration Volume, eds. H.C. Das, S. Tripathy, B.K. Rath (Delhi, 1994), pp. 105-39.
32. “Sapta/Asta-Matrka Images in Orissa,” Religion & Society in Eastern India: Eschmann Memorial Lectures, eds. G.C. Tripathi and Hermann Kulke (Bhubaneswar, 1994), 189-208.
33. “Some Interesting Brahmanical and Buddhist Sculptures in the Compound of the Khandesvara Mahadeva Temple at Ganjam,” Studies in History and Culture: Journal of the Post-Graduate Department of History, Vol. 2, No. 1 (Berhampur University, 1994), pp. 1-12.
34. “Early Caturbhuja-Sthanaka-murti Vishnu Images from Orissa,” Utkal Historical Research Journal, Vol. V (1994), pp. 1-24.
35. “Navigation & Maritime Goddesses of Orissa,” Studies in History and Culture: Journal of the Post-Graduate Department of History, Vol. 2, No. 2 (Berhampur University, 1994), pp. 1-23.
36. “Orissan Images of Varahi, Oddiyana Marici and Related Sow-Faced Goddesses,” Artibus Asiae, Vol. 55, No. 1-2 91995), pp. 155-82.
37. “Probable textual Sources for the Buddhist Sculptural Mandalas of Orissa,” East and West, vol. 45, no. 1-4 (1995), pp. 173-204.
38. “Cintamani Lokesvara/Cintamanicakra Avalokitesvara and Cintamani Tara Images from Orissa,” in Sri Nagabhinandanam: Dr. M.S. Nagaraja Rao Festschrift, eds. L.K.Srinivasan and Dr. S. Nagaraju (New Delhi, 1995), pp. 369-85.
39. “Gopinatha and Jayadeva,” in Jayadeva and Gitagovinda in the Traditions of Orissa, eds. Dinanath Pathy, Bhagavan Panda and B.K. Rath (New Delhi, 1995), pp. 37-55.
40. “The Cult of Parasurama and its Popularity in Orissa,” in Studies in Jaina Art and Iconography and Allied Subjects in Honor of Dr. U.P. Shah, ed. R.T. Vyas (Baroda and New Delhi, 1995), pp. 159-92.
41. “Lakulisa to Rajaguru: Metamorphosis of the ‘Teacher’ in the Iconographic Program of the Orissan Temple,” for Kalyan-Suman: K.K. Dasgupta Felicitation Volume, ed. P.K. Mishra (New Delhi), 35 pages.
42. “Iconography of the Lion Avatar and his Association with Kingship and Jagannatha in Orissan Sculpture,” in Reference Orissa: Millennium Edition, ed. A.N. Tiwari et al. (New Delhi, 1999), pp. 123-40.
43. “Ekamra-ksetra: A religious/Cultural Centre,” in Orissa Revisited, ed. Pratapaditya Pal (Mumbai: Mard Publications, March 2001), pp. 48-63.
44. “Viraja-ksetra and Sakta Art of Orissa,” in Orissa Revisited, ed. Pratapaditya Pal (Mumbai: Marg Publications, March 2001), pp. 64-77.
45. “Auspicious Exhibitionism & Humor in the Erotic Art of Orissa,” in Orissan Festschrift, ed. by Pradeep Mohanty, 38 pages of text plus (in press).
46. “Sonepur: A Sakta/Tantra-ksetra in Western Orissa,” in Orissan Festschrift ed. by Pradeep Mohanty, 32 pages f text (in press).
47. “Image as Text: Umamahesvaramurti and the Body Language of Uma: An Iconographic Study,” Kalyan Bharati, vol. VII (2003), 9-36.
48. “Two Eastern Images and the Iconoghraphy of Usnisavijaya and Vajra Tara,” Journal of Ancient Indian History (University of Calcutta), 28 pages of text (in press).

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