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.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 264 pages
  • Indiana University Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 0253013097
  • 9780253013095

About Melissa R Kerin

Melissa R. Kerin is Assistant Professor of Art History at Washington and Lee University.show more

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"Kerin's methodology of sympathetically driven reception theory employed in the field, close observation, and the transcription and translation of on-site inscriptions, reveals striking insights into the motivations of the original builders and contemporary viewers alike.... This work has something to say within an expanding field that needs to hear it. It is the result of many years of challenging fieldwork, daunting linguistic study, a great deal of careful thought, and painstaking writing." Rob Linrothe, Northwestern University--Rob Linrothe, Northwestern University"show more

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