Art and Devotion at a Buddhist Temple in the Indian Himalaya

Art and Devotion at a Buddhist Temple in the Indian Himalaya

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Sixteenth-century wall paintings in a Buddhist temple in the Tibetan cultural zone of northwest India are the focus of this innovative and richly illustrated study. Initially shaped by one set of religious beliefs, the paintings have since been reinterpreted and retraced by a later Buddhist community, subsumed within its religious framework and communal memory. Melissa Kerin traces the devotional, political, and artistic histories that have influenced the paintings' production and reception over the centuries of their use. Her interdisciplinary approach combines art historical methods with inscriptional translation, ethnographic documentation, and theoretical inquiry to understand religious images in context.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 187.96 x 271.78 x 22.86mm | 771.1g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 90 b&w illus., 16 color illus.
  • 0253013062
  • 9780253013064

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Emphasizing the visual as primary evidence in the study of history, especially religious history, Kerin moves Buddhist art from the arena of museum displays, art markets, and aesthetics to the arena of dynamic interdisciplinary discourse, thus reaffirming the significance of in situ study. . . . Recommended. * Choice * A forceful study on the specificity of Gyapagpa's painting. * South Asia Research *
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About Melissa R. Kerin

Melissa R. Kerin is Assistant Professor of Art History at Washington and Lee University.
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Table of contents

List of IllustrationsTechnical NotesIntroduction1. Nako's Socio-Political History and Artistic Heritage2. Forgetting to Remember: Gyapagpa Temple's Shifting Identity 3. Mapping Drigung Activity in Nako and the Western Himalaya4. Gyapagpa's Painting Style and its Antecendents5. Origin and Meaning of a Renascent Painting Tradition ConclusionNotesBibliographyIndex
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