The Sky Face: Kirtimukha and related Hybrid Creatures in the Architecture of Nepal South and Southeast Asia

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Title:The Sky Face: Kirtimukha and related Hybrid Creatures in the Architecture of Nepal South and Southeast Asia

ISBN:9789937933094

Author:Niels Gutschow

Publisher:Vajra Publications

Publish Year:2019

Edition:First Edition

Cover:Hard Back

Subject:Architecture / Interior / Furniture

Language:English

Remarks:Colour and B&W Photographs.

Pages:489

Size:260 x 220 mm

Weight(gms):2050

Price:USD 40.00

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  • Table of Contents:

    9 Foreword

    Part I Introduction
    17 About the Meaning and Symbolism in Mythic Art
    20 The European Legacy
    25 The Lion in Art and Architecture
    52 Kirtimukha at Sculptures, 5th to 17th Centuries
    59 Kirtimukha's Identity with the Atmosphere - the Sky Face
    63 Kirtimukha's Brother, the Sun-Bird Garuda
    71 Kirtimukha, the Devouring Sun , and the Breath of Life - an identity of Contraries

    Part II Nepal
    83 Introduction
    87 Building Components Bearing Kirtimukhas
    97 Animals and Hybrid Cretures in Newar Architecture
    111 The Early Phase: Temples, Shrines and Buddhist Votive
           Architecture - 7th to 11th Centuries
    145 Temples - 13th to 18th Centuries
    239 Patan Palace (Darbar) - 16th to 18th Centuries
    279 Buddhist Votive Architecture - 17th to 19th Centuries
    305 Temples, Palaces and Domestic Architecture - Late 18th to 20th Centuries

    Part III India
    323 Kirtimukha in Architecture through the Ages 2nd to 14th Centuries
    327 Ajanta
    342 Ellora
    348 Badami, Pattadakal, Aihole, Nachna-kuthara,, Gyaraspur, Madkheda, Khajuraho, Vijayanagar
    369 Orissa

    Part IV South-East Asia
    387 Java and Cambodia
    389 Central Java - Borobudur and Prambanan
    435 Cambodia - Angkor
    479 Myanmar - Bagan

    486 Endnotes

    Niels Gutschow

    Gutschow was born in 1941 in Hamburg, and currently lives in Abtsteinach, Germany and Bhaktapur, Nepal. He is an honorary professor at the University of Heidelberg, South Asia Institute. 

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