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Across the South of Asia

A Volume in Honor of Professor Robert L. Brown by: Robert DeCaroli , Paul A. Lavy

This collection of essays takes a broad view of South Asian art and culture by providing a wide geographic and chronological scope. Each essay on its own constitutes a solid, well-grounded academic study, but taken collectively they provide a wide and inclusive view of issues of art and material culture that span the region and invite comparison.

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ISBN: 9788124610053
Year Of Publication: 2020
Edition: 1st
Pages : xxxii, 380
Bibliographic Details : 59 Coloured and b/w photos; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Foreword By : Tushara Bindu Gude
Size: 23
Weight: 792

Overview

All too often, modern scholarship limits its scope according to the boundaries of contemporary nations and current geopolitical borders. Academic expertise frequently ties itself artificially to these pre-defined spaces and in so doing often does a disservice to the past. It is no great revelation to point out that people of the past defined the limits of their political and cultural reach in ways that were very different from those found on modern maps. Ancient rulers, merchants, and priests understood the reach of their influence and defined foreignness in ways that would be deeply unfamiliar to those only knowledgeable of the modern world. Yet, despite the well-recognized truth in these observations, it is still relatively rare for scholars to research in ways that transcend modern boundaries.
This collection of essays invites readers to take a broad view of South Asian art and culture by providing a wide geographic and chronological scope. The articles are united only by their focus on art historical and archaeological concerns and their concentration on South Asia ranging from Afghanistan to the island kingdoms of Indonesia. Each essay on its own constitutes a solid, well-grounded academic study, but taken collectively they provide a wide and inclusive view of issues of art and material culture that span the region and invite comparison.
By taking this approach, this volume is a tribute to Prof. Robert L. Brown whose lifetime of teaching has always emphasized connections as well as differences. Over his professional career, he has trained a large cohort of students (many of whom are contributors to this volume) whose expertise truly does reach across the south of Asia.

Contents

Foreword
— Tushara Bindu Gude
Preface
Works of  Prof. Robert L. Brown
List of figures
Part I
South Asia before 1400 ce
1. Heat and Hunger: The Emaciated Buddha and
the Significance of Fasting
— Robert DeCaroli
2. An Unrecognized Sculpture of the Haṁsā Jātaka
from Nālandā Site No. 2
— Nicolas Morrissey
3. Śāntideva’s Buddhism of the Pāla Period: Poetics of Voice and Image
— Mary Storm
4. The Iconographic Distribution of Ninth to Twelfth
Century Buddhist Imagery from Bihar and Odisha
— Kurt Behrendt
5. Rasa and Darśana in Indian Temple Sculpture
— Debashish Banerji
Part II
South Asia after 1400 ce
6. Relics, Icons, and Portraits in Hindu Institutions:  An Examination of the Worship of the Teacher
— Nalini Rao
7. A Little More Fakīr and A Little Less Fanatic: Putting Aurangzeb’s Deccani Architecture into
a Sufi Context
— Santhi Kavuri-Bauer
8. Kutch Silver: A Study of Stylistic Sources
— Stephen Markel
9. Kāśīrāj: The Presentation Album of the Mahārājā of Benares
— Tushara Bindu Gude
10. Circuits of Exchange: Muraqqās and Illustrated Gift
Books in the Early Twentieth Century
— Saleema WaraichPart III
Southeast Asia
11. Early Vaiṣṇava Sculpture in Southeast Asia and the Question of Pallava Influence
— Paul A. Lavy
12. Central Javanese Statues of Hindu Deities
and Their Anthropomorphic Vehicles
— Bokyung Kim
13. Making Merit by Making Buddhist Tablets: Inscribed Dedicatory Inscriptions on King
Aniruddha’s Clay Tablets
— M.L. Pattaratorn Chirapravati
14. The Origins of the Emerald Buddha Icon
(Phra Kaew Morokot)
— Melody Rod-ari
15. Representing Heaven in Thai Painting
— Rebecca S. Hall
Contributors
Index

Meet the Author
Books of Robert DeCaroli
Books of Paul A. Lavy