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The Hindu Temple - 2 Volume Complete Set

Stella Kramrisch

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ISBN 10: 8120802225 / ISBN 13: 9788120802223
Published by University of Calcutta, 1946
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Publisher: University of Calcutta Date of Publication: 1946 Binding: hardcover Edition: First Edition Condition: Very Good + Description: Some foxing to endpapers and covers. Volume 1 was bound upside down. Unread or very lightly read copies (Vol. II is unread). Vol. II rear hinge lightly cracked. Inked name of previous owner on front free page of both volumes. Lightly soiled DJs with nicks and chips to edges. Author was a pioneering interpreter of Indian Art and its religious contexts. During her entire career as a creative scholar, teacher, museum curator and editor, she was a dominant force in shaping European, American and Asian notions of Indian culture. 465pp. of text followed by B&W photos. Bookseller Inventory # 3003533

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Title: The Hindu Temple - 2 Volume Complete Set

Publisher: University of Calcutta

Publication Date: 1946

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

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This two-volume work explains in detail the religious and spiritual significance of the temple by means of copious references to Sanskrit texts--both sacred and scientific. It depicts the Hindu Temple as not merely a heap of brick, stone or wood but a visible symbol of aspirations of pious men and women, the throbbing of their hearts in religious fervor and their endeavor for the attainment of salvation. The first four parts of the work are devoted to the philosophy of temple architecture. Part V deals with the origin and development of the temple from the Vedic fire altars to the latest forms. Part VI discusses the pyramidal and curvilinear superstructures in the main varieties of the Sikhara, the Sikhara enmeshed in Gavaksas and the composite Sikhara. Part VII describes the proportional measurements and the rhythmic disposition of the garbha-grha and the vertical section. It discusses the proportions of the Mandapa and the types of temples described in ancient Sanskrit texts like the Brhatsamhita and the Samaranganasutradhara. This most comprehensive and authoritative treatise of ancient Indian Temple Architecture will prove of immense help to the students of ancient Indian culture. Contents (Vol. 1) PART I: The Site, Part II: The Plan, Part III: Plan and Supernal Man, Part IV: The Substances of which the temple is built, Names and Origins of the Temple, Part VI. The Superstructure, Part VII: Proportionate Measurement and Varieties of the Temple (Volume 2) Part VIII: The Images of the Temple, Explanation of Plates, Appendix, Sources, Index, Plates I-IXXX.

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Stella Kramrisch was a world-renowned specialist in Ancient Indian Art and Architecture. She passed away in 1993.

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