Hindu India: From Khajuraho to the Temple City of Madurai

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Taschen, 1998 - Architecture - 237 pages
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There is nothing new under the sun... and then there are the temples of India. For many who have roamed the byways of the subcontinent, it is these myriad mind-expanding palaces of faith that fill the spirit and make the fare worthwhile. They are enough to give you religion. 3-D songs of praise to the fecund possibilities of both environment and human intention, they are as diverse as the landscapes of Asia and yet share a grace and delicacy of invention. Focusing on Jain as well as Hindu constructions, this exemplary volume takes us on a revelatory historical journey to trace both the traditions and developments in their design, from the wood and cave temples of the first few hundred years AD, through early experiments in stone to the three dominant architectural strands. Whether it be Nagara in the north, Vesara in the central highlands or the Dravda ""walled city"" complexes of the south, each style is fully presented and analysed in a series of detailed photographs, drawings, plans and excavations. Just as the temple sancta themselves become more sacred the further in you penetrate, so this book offers greater rewards the longer you spend in its company.

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Contents

Introduction
7
The First RockCut Temples
19
The Great Flowering of Medieval Temples
63
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About the author (1998)

Henri Stierlin is a renowned architectural historian and author with a special interest in Islamic culture. His many previous books include" Islamic Art and Architecture "(978-0-500-51100-8).

Henri Stierlin, born in Egypt, is the prize-winning author of a number of books on the history of art and culture. Anne Stierlin is a professional photographer whose pictures have graced a number of art history books and leading publications. They live in France.

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