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Buddhist Book Illuminations

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Title:Buddhist Book Illuminations


Author:Pratapaditya Pal
Julia Meech-Pekarik

Publisher:Ravi Kumar

Publish Year:1988

Edition:First Edition

Cover:Hard Back

Subject:Buddhism | Nepal Buddhism | Tibetan Buddhism


Remarks:Colour and B&W Illustrations, Reference List, Bibliography and Index.


Size:220 x 285 mm


Price:USD 74.02

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  • Handwritten as well as handprinted, books have played a fundamental role in spreading the message of the Buddha from India to various countries of Asia from the early centuries of the Christian era. Known commonly as sutra, Buddhist scriptures were carefully transcribed on palm-leaf, birch-bark, wood, cloth, paper (the medium for printed books) and even silver and gold. Certainly, by the eighth century, but possibly earlier, the Buddhists also began embellishing sutras with illustrations, and, thereafter, until the early part of this century, an enormous amount of illuminated books were produced in most countries where Buddhism has prevailed. 

    Curiously, to dated, no single volume has covered the history of Buddhist book illumination. Thus, for the first time, two eminent scholars of buddhist art Pratapaditya Pal and Julia Meech-Pekarik have written a concise and highly readable account fo the history of this little-known, but fascinating subject covering India, Nepal, Tibet, Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Japan and Korea. Illumined with 108 color and over 130 black and white Illustrations, this book will serve as a splendid introduction to the subject and stimulate others to explore this rich source for the understanding of Buddhism and its art.

    Pratapaditya Pal

    Pratapaditya Pal is an Indian scholar of Southeast Asian and Himalayan art and culture, specializing particularly in the history of art of India, Nepal and Tibet.He is the author of The Elegant Image: Bronzes from the Indian Subcontinent in the Siddharth K. Bhansali Collection, Goddess Durga: The Power and The Glory, Asian Art at the Norton Simon Museum, Vol. I. Art from the Indian Subcontinent, The Art and Architecture of Ancient Kashmir, Light of Asia: Buddha Sakyamuni in Asian Art, he Art of Tibet, Asia Society, The Arts of Nepal. Part I. Sculpture, Nepal: Where the Gods are Young

    Julia Meech-Pekarik

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