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Buddhist Art in India and Sri Lanka

3rd Century bc to 6th Century ad: A Critical Study by: Virender Kumar Dabral

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. It examines architecture, sculpture, painting, and use of symbols like the lotus and Sri Lanka devil masks.

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ISBN: 9788124601624
Year Of Publication: 2000
Edition: 1st
Pages : xxvii, 211
Bibliographic Details : One map; 58 B/w photos; Glossary; Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 25 cm.
Weight: 800

Overview

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.

Contents

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

Meet the Author
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Dr. V.K. Dabral, holding a master’s degree in English literature and history of art, is a distinguished scholar who has devoted more than two decades to the study of Sinhala language, literature, art and history. He has, to his credit, contributed several well-researched articles in Sinhala, English and Hindi particularly on Buddhism in the Indian and Sri Lankan contexts, to journals in both the countries.
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