CONTENTS:- Preface; List of Plates; List of Contributors; 1. A Rare Yogini Sculpture with Bells; 2. Notes on the Origins of the Tibetan Iconography of Avalokitesvare; 3. Fresh Light on the History of Indian Jade-Carving; 4. Vision to Appreciate Art; 5. The History and Art of Jaipur Painting: A Reappraisal; 6. Representation of Ramakatha in the Nilkanthesvara Temple at Kekind; 7. Objects of Beauty, Not Art Objects; 8. Decorated Bricks from Sarnath Museum; 9. A Forgotten Jaina Centre: Bhalki; 10. Apsaras Figures from Kankali Mound, Mathura; 11. Identification of Pitcher Carriers in Gaja-Laksmi Reliefs; 12. Some Aspects of Inscribed Jaina Images; 13. Little Known Visvarupa Image from Himachal Pradesh; 14. Kapilesvara Temple of Charada; 15. Symbols in Indian Art: An Overview; 16. A Study of Two Vaisnava Manuscripts in the Western Indian Style: Harilila-Sodasa-Kala and Prabodha-Candrodaya; 17. Feminine Beauty in Divine Figures in Indian Arta; 18. A Note on a Rare Visnu Image from Varanasi.
Indian art reflects the intimate relationship of ideas and life along with material and spiritual world, expressed through different visual forms in sculpture, painting and architecture. This book aims at presenting various shades of Indian art in a historical perspectives and contains not only the unpublished material but also the analyses and fresh interpretations on different aspects of Indian art including Buddhist and Jaina iconography, aesthetics and art appreciation and painting. The discussions on the Indian jade-carving, rare yogini, Visvarupa and Visnu images are also significant. The present volume thus aims at documenting and analyzing some of the living and past traditions of Indian art. Profusely illustrated, the book will be equally useful for the scholars, researchers and all others interested in the art heritage of India.