ISBN 9788121509060,Phantasmic Anatomy of the Statues of Mathura

Phantasmic Anatomy of the Statues of Mathura

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ISBN 9788121509060
Publisher

Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt Ltd

Publication Year 2000
ISBN-13

ISBN 9788121509060

ISBN-10 8121509068
Binding

Hard Back

Number of Pages 142 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

The Arts

The specificity of the images of Mathura lies in the invention of forms which can translate the diverse personalities of the divinities of the Hindu pantheon. The creation of phantasmic anatomy in the domain of imaginaire, instead of being monstrous, accord a perfect harmony between form and signification. the human figure, the basic form, is transformed into divine form. It is one of the great inventions of Indian art. The impossible associations in the real word create a very natural universe of gods. The present monograph ends with the history of the reactions of the European travellers to icons which were so different from their classical ideal of beauty. It leads to a reflection on the problematics of perception and assimilation of form.
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