Elements of Buddhist Iconography

By: Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

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The present work is an analysis of Buddhist symbolism in historical perspective. In author's view Buddhist symbolism, in art or religion, is but a part of the main current of Indian religion and art and has to be studied in that context. Early Indian art is, thus, essentially the continuation of a mainly aniconic "Vedic" style and the compositions are comprehensible only with reference to Vedic notions. The present work studies the fundamental elements of Buddhist symbolism which predominate in the early aniconic art and are never dispensed with in the later imagery, though they are subordinated to the "human" icon. The present study is divided into two parts: in Part 1, the Tree of Life, Earth-Lotus and World-Wheel (and other cognate symbols) have been analyzed; Part II deals with the place of the lotus-throne. A study of these reveals that they represent a universal Indian symbolism and set of theological concepts. Printed Pages: 103 with 44 illustrations.

Title: Elements of Buddhist Iconography

Author Name: Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

Categories: India, Buddhism and Buddhist Studies, Art & Art History,

Edition: Reprint

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.: 2008

ISBN: 8121502462

ISBN 13: 9788121502467

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Size: 23 x 29 Cm

Seller ID: 014048

Keywords: Buddhist Iconography India