Vidya Dehejia The Body Adorned

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The sensuous human form-elegant and eye-catching-is the dominant feature of premodern Indian art. From the powerful god Shiva, greatest of all yogis and most beautiful of all beings, to stone dancers twisting along temple walls, the body in Indian art is always richly adorned. Alankara (ornament) protects the body and makes it complete and attractive; to be unornamented is to invite misfortune. In The Body Adorned, Vidya Dehejia, who has dedicated her career to the study of Indian art, draws on the literature of court poets, the hymns of saints and acharyas, and verses from inscriptions to illuminate premodern India's unique treatment of the sculpted and painted form. She focuses on the coexistence of sacred and sensuous images within the common boundaries of Buddhist, Jain, and Hindu -sacred spaces, - redefining terms like -sacred- and -secular- in relation to Indian architecture. She also considers the paradox of passionate poetry, in which saints praised the sheer bodily beauty of the divine form, and nonsacred Rajput painted manuscripts, which freely inserted gods into the earthly realm of the courts. By juxtaposing visual and literary sources, Dehejia demonstrates the harmony between the sacred and the profane in classical Indian culture. Her synthesis of art, literature, and cultural materials not only generates an all-inclusive picture of the period but also revolutionizes our understanding of the cultural ethos of premodern India.

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Book Description Mapin Publishing, 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First edition. The sensuous human figure, elegant, adorned, and eyecatching, was the dominant feature of the artistic tradition of pre-modern India. The body in the Indian tradition is always the body richly adorned. Alamkara or adornment protects the body, making it complete and attractive; to be unornamented is to invite misfortune. This book draws upon a variety of literary sources which focus on the sensuous body?literature of court poets, hymns of saints and acharyas, and inscriptional verses?to illuminate the world of sculpted and painted form. The book examines the coexistence of images of the sensuous and the sacred within the common boundaries of various ?sacred spaces? It also considers the apparent paradox of sensuous divinities in the context of the passionate poetry addressed to gods and goddesses by their closest devotees, the saints and acharyas. It explores the easy insertion of the gods into the world of men in a genre of non-sacred Rajput painted manuscripts. The Body Adorned is unique in bringing together visual and verbal material to generate an all-inclusive picture of the cultural ethos of pre-modern India. Printed Pages: 250. Bookseller Inventory # 77647

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Book Description Mapin Publishing, 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First edition. The sensuous human figure, elegant, adorned, and eyecatching, was the dominant feature of the artistic tradition of pre-modern India. The body in the Indian tradition is always the body richly adorned. Alamkara or adornment protects the body, making it complete and attractive; to be unornamented is to invite misfortune. This book draws upon a variety of literary sources which focus on the sensuous bodyâ"literature of court poets, hymns of saints and acharyas, and inscriptional versesâ"to illuminate the world of sculpted and painted form. The book examines the coexistence of images of the sensuous and the sacred within the common boundaries of various âsacred spacesâ. It also considers the apparent paradox of sensuous divinities in the context of the passionate poetry addressed to gods and goddesses by their closest devotees, the saints and acharyas. It explores the easy insertion of the gods into the world of men in a genre of non-sacred Rajput painted manuscripts. The Body Adorned is unique in bringing together visual and verbal material to generate an all-inclusive picture of the cultural ethos of pre-modern India. Printed Pages: 250. Bookseller Inventory # 77647

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