KHMER BRONZES: NEW INTERPRETATIONS OF THE PAST
Douglas Latchford and Emma C. Bunker
This book explores the ways in which the Indic gods appeared on the Khmer sacred landscape, together with new bronze-casting techniques adapted by Khmer artisan metalworkers. These techniques enabled the production of large-scale bronzes in anthropomorphic form to fulfill the sacred requirements of the newly arrived beliefs. Examining the econographic, stylistic, and technical features of khmer imagery in light of many new interpretations of the historical past, the authors seek to provide new understanding of the sacred bronzee imagery. This has long been overshadowed by scholarly emphasis on temples and sandstone imagery.
Size: 9.5 x 12 in
Published: August 2011
Parul Pandya Dhar ed. 2011. Indian Art History: Changing Perspectives, New Delhi: DK Printworld and National Museum Institute.
About the book:
The shaping of the disciplinary practice of art history in the Indian context has been a fascinating process and brings to the fore a range of viewpoints, issues, debates, and methods. Changing perspectives and approaches in academic writings on the visual arts of ancient and medieval India form the focus of this collection of insightful essays.
Ahuja, Naman. 2011. The Making of the Modern Indian Artist Craftsman: Devi Prasad. New Delhi: Routledge.
The Making of the Modern Indian Artist-Craftsman is intended to be a biographical and critical insight into the work of the potter, painter and photographer Devi Prasad. Apart from the makingof his personal history and his times, it leads us to why the act of making (art) itself takes on such a fundamental philosophical significance in his life. This, the author explains, derives directly from his absorption of Gandhi’s philosophy that looked at the act of making or doing as an ethical ideal, and further back to the impact of the Arts and Crafts Movement on the ideology of ‘Swadeshi’ and on the milieu of Santiniketan.
Kavuri-Bauer, Santhi. 2011. Monumental Matters: The Power, Subjectivity and Space of India's Mughal Architecture. Durham: Duke University Press. Link.
Built in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, India’s Mughal monuments—including majestic forts, mosques, palaces, and tombs, such as the Taj Mahal—are world renowned for their grandeur and association with the Mughals, the powerful Islamic empire that once ruled most of the subcontinent. In Monumental Matters, Santhi Kavuri-Bauer focuses on the prominent role of Mughal architecture in the construction and contestation of the Indian national landscape. She examines the representation and eventual preservation of the monuments, from their disrepair in the colonial past to their present status as protected heritage sites.
Dhar, Parul Pandya. 2010. The Torana in Indian and Southeast Asian Architecture. New Delhi: DK Printworld.
ISBN-13 : 9788124605349; ISBN-10: 8124605343; xviii + 317pp; profusely illustrated.