CONTENTS:- Lord Buddha & Buddhist Art - An Introduction; Lord Buddha & Buddhist Philosophy; Origin of Buddha Image; Lord Buddha & Buddhist Icon-Myths and Development; Dhya ni and Mortal Buddhas; Forms of Avalokitesvara; Forms of Amoghasiddhi; Forms of Ratnasambhava; OtherBuddhist Dieties; The Monuments of Asoka (250 B.C.) and the National School of Sculpture of Central India (150-50 B.C.); The Graeco-Buddhist Icons of Gandhara (50 B.C. -A.D.500); The Buddhist Icons of Mathura Under The Kushana Dynasty (A.D. 50-200); The South-Indian Icon of Amaravati (A.D. 150 300); The Golden Age During The Gupta dynasty (A.D. 300-600); The Buddhist Cave Temples (50 B.C. - A.D. 700); Afternath and Decline (A.D. 600-1200).
The problem of correct identification of Buddhist images presents real difficulty which great scholars have more than once attempted to solve. Scholars of several countries notably Waddell, Grunwedel, Foucher, Burgess, Getty including Dr. A.K. Coomaraswamy, Bhattasali and Stella Kramrisch have written useful and authoritative works. The available rich sculptural material from central India, Bihar, Gandhara, Ujjain and Mathura region has been studied in order to trace the evolution of the study of Buddhist art from symbolic to the anthropomorphic forms. In the following pages of the monograph entitled "Origin and Development of Buddhist Images" an attempt has been made to deal exhaustively the images of Bodhisattvas, Buddha as their origin, development of symbolic, Theriomorphic, Anthromorphic as well as divine icons of Gautama, the Buddha are described in this present work. The present monography is narrated, and fascinated in elegant manner with the addition to illustrations and detailed bibliography.