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Jaina Art

By: Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

Price: $10.25

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.: 1994

Edition: First Indian Edition

Seller ID: 001991

ISBN: 8121505399

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The present text contributes to our knowledge and understanding of the Jaina paintings and minor arts which are of great interest as being the oldest known Indian paintings on paper. In order to make them fully comprehensible the author first describes and illustrates the actual paintings by a short account to Jainism and of the legends of Mahavira and kalakacarya, which are main subject of the pictures. Beginning with a short account of Jainism, the author depicts the life of Mahavira and other Tirthankaras based on Kalpa Sutra in the first three chapters. Chapter four describes the faithful ... View more info

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Mediaeval Sinhalese Art: Being a monograph on mediaeval Sinhalese arts and crafts, mainly as surviving in the eighteenth century, with an account of the structure of society and the status of the Craftsmen

By: Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

Price: $54.95

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.: 2003

Edition: First Indian Edition

Seller ID: 011434

ISBN: 8121510929

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This book is a record of the work and the life of the craftsman in a feudal society not unlike that of Early Mediaeval Europe. It deals, not with a period of great attainment in fine art, but with a beautiful and dignified scheme of peasant decoration, based upon the traditions of Indian art and craft. Sinhalese art is essentially Indian, but possesses this especial interest, that it is in many ways of an earlier character, and more truly Hindu-though Buddhist in intention, -than any Indian art surviving on the mainland so late as the beginning of the nineteenth century. The minor arts, and th... View more info

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The Dance of Shiva: Fourteen Indian essays with preface and introduction by Romain Rolland

By: Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

Price: $9.25

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.: 2012

Edition: Tenth Impression

Seller ID: 013159

ISBN: 8121501539

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The collection of essays by Ananda Coomaraswamy on Indian art and culture and other themes, published under the title The Dance of Shiva reflect the many-sided genius of this great savant. The fourteen essays in this collection critically deal with aspects of Indian ethos, art and aesthetics, philosophy, music and Indian women besides essays on Indian and Western and ancient and contemporary themes. Coomaraswamy's discussion on these wide-ranging themes with his mastery of the original source material bear the stamp of his understanding and thorough analysis. In the essay 'What has India contr... View more info

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Elements of Buddhist Iconography

By: Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

Price: $10.25

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

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 014048

ISBN: 8121502462

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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 su... View more info

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Spiritual Authority and Temporal Power in the Indian Theory of Government

By: Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

Price: $4.50

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.: 1978

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 014332

ISBN: 8121502551

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Ananda K. Coomaraswamy's Spiritual Authority and Temporal Power in the Indian Theory of Government traces the source of Indian Political theory to the words of the marriage formula: "I am that, thou art This, I am sky, thou art Earth." Long ago mankind discovered that institution of state, or something similar to it, alone would ensure their survival. They entrusted their material and spiritual welfare to the king and the priest, the two principal organs of the state. But neither the king nor the priest rose to the expected heights. Of the two, the king proved worse. He, instead of dev... View more info

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The Eight Nayikas

By: Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

Price: $10.25

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.: 2000

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 014891

ISBN: 8121504791

Condition: New


Indian writers have long been interested in the classification of Heroes and Heroines in well-defined types. Such classifications are typically developed in Sanskrit treatises such as Natyasastra, the Sahitya-Darpana, and Kama Sutra and in other works and later in vernacular literature of Hindustan, chiefly in Rasikapriya, Satsaiya, and the Bhasa-bhusana. Printed Pages: 88 with 16 b/w illustrations. View more info

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Time and Eternity

By: Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

Price: $10.95

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.: 2014

Edition: Fourth Impression

Seller ID: 016662

ISBN: 8121500591

Condition: New


Time and eternity are concepts with which every one is familiar; the former because it reserves as a unit of measurement and enables the preparation of table of days, weeks, months, years and so on, while the latter is usually associated with the idea of everlasting. If one thinks more deeply, it will be seen that time which appears to be measurable is beyond measurement and nothing is everlasting. Save the supreme principle that guides life, there is nothing which is immeasurable and external. Thus time and eternity, being associated with the supreme principle, attracted the attention of grea... View more info

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Early Indian Architecture: Cities and City Gates Etc.

By: Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

Price: $9.25

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.: 2002

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 020054

ISBN: 8121505186

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Ananda K. Coomaraswamy's Early Indian Architecture is a study of the subject based mainly on the information as available in early Pali literature and as represented in the reliefs of Bharhut, Sanchi and Amaravati. The work is divided into two parts: Part I deals with cities and city-gates, etc. while Part II is on the Bodhi-gharas i.e. representations of the Bodhi-tree with or without a temple structure. Coomaraswamy has assembled the data systematically and in the process brought out details not only from literature but also from sculptural representations. He has confined himself not only t... View more info

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Figures of Speech or Figures of Thought: Collected essays on the traditional or "Normal" view of art: Second Series

By: Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

Price: $15.95

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.: 2011

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 020869

ISBN: 8121501784

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Ananda K. Coomaraswamy's Figures of Speech and Figures of Thought is a collection of seventeen essays dealing with a specific 'aspect or application of the traditional theory of art'. Each essay takes up for discussion such topics as rhetoric, aesthetics, medieval theories, role of ornament in art, icons and spectator, reason and intuition, imitation Buddhist art, Indian Painting, pictorial relief, primitive art, etc. Every chapter is provided with references and exhaustive notes. The compact and concise argument, valuable notes and references and judicious choice of subjects make this a handy... View more info

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The Indian Craftsman: with a foreword by Alvin C. Moore, Jr.

By: Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

Price: $8.25

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.: 2004

Edition: Second Revised Edition

Seller ID: 021743

ISBN: 8121501024

Condition: New


The author has treated his subject from three points of view; the village, the town and the palace or temple, i.e. where the craftsman lived, worked and had their patrons. He has also minutely examined how the caste system, religion and the guild set up standards of quality and enforced their strict adherence. He has devoted an entire chapter to throw light on the system of education and training that ensure and regulated the right number of craftsmen for every craft at a particular period so that at no period there was neither a surplus nor a deficit of craftsmen. Ten appendices add further i... View more info

Rajput Painting: Being an Account of the Hindu Paintings of Rajasthan and the Panjab Himalayas from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Century Described in Their Relation to Contemporary Thought with Texts and Translations, 2 Vols.

By: Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

Price: $39.25

Publisher: New Delhi, India, B.R. Publishing Corporation: 2003

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 021747

ISBN: 8176463760

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Printed Pages: 106 with 76 coloured and b/w plates. View more info

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Introduction to Indian Art

By: Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

Price: $19.25

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.: 2017

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 023542

ISBN: 8121503892

Condition: New


'Today, if India takes her due rank as first-class artistic power, it is in large measure owing to Coomaraswamy'-so said the distinguished British artist Sir William Rothenstein of Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy, the celebrated author of this work. To know the magnitude and quality of the work done by this great savant is to know the truth and value of this tribute. His pioneering work put the long neglected Art of India before the world of art where it holds its well merited proper place. Coomaraswamy was more than an 'art-critic', he interpreted the philosophia perennis through the medium of th... View more info

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Art and Swadeshi

By: Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

Price: $9.25

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.: 2013

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 024616

ISBN: 8121506387

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The compilation of articles is a glaring example of the multidimensional talent of Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (1877-1947), who was not only a pioneer historian of Indian art, a master-interpreter, one of the most versatile of this century whose scholarship and knowledge knew no bounds, but a universal man at the same time, the one who urged the Indians to be conscious of their glorious heritage. Coomaraswamy was the harbinger of Indian nationalism but his outlook was neither parochial nor chauvinistic. It had a universal appeal. The present volume is a rich collection of his thirteen important art... View more info

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Christian and Oriental Philosophy of Art

By: Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

Price: $8.25

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

Edition: Fifth Impression

Seller ID: 026708

ISBN: 8121503124

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The nine essays in this book are among author's most stimulating. They discuss such matters as true function of aesthetics in art, the importance of symbolism, and the importance of intellectual & philosophical background to the artist, they analyse the role of traditional culture in enriching art, they demonstrate the abstract art and primitive art, despite superficial resemblances, are completely divergent and they deal with the common philosophy which pervades all great art, the nature of medieval art, folklore and modern art, the beauty inherent in mathematics, and the union of traditional... View more info

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The Mirror of Gesture: trans. Into English. Being the Abhinaya Darpana of Nandikesvara

By: Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

Price: $5.25

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.: 2010

Edition: Seventh Impression

Seller ID: 028372

ISBN: 8121500214

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The Mirror of Gesture is the English translation of the Abhinaya Darpana of Nandikesvara which was originally published with a Telugu interpretation by Madabhushi Tiruvenkatachari of Nidamangalam in 1874. The Abhinaya Darpana, according to Nandikesvara, who is a legendary figure, is an abridgement of the Bharatarnava, an exposition on the art of dancing. For those not acquainted with the Indian dramatic technique, it may be difficult to understand the importance of such texts. However, as Coomaraswamy has pointed out, this work may be of immense interest to the living actor in the European the... View more info

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Visvakarma: Hindu examples of Indian architecture, sculpture, painting, handicraft. First Series: One hundred examples of Indian sculpture with an introduction by Eric Gill

By: Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

Price: $17.95

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.: 1978

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 028392

ISBN: 8121502659

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Ananda K. Coomaraswamy has offered in this volume of Visvakarma one hundred illustrations of Indian sculpture, chosen without any predilection for creed, locus or time. They are placed in four sections entitled Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, Brahmanical Divinities, Men, Women and Nagas and Animals including Avatars. Each section has twenty-five plates. In the domain of Art, India was to the orient, what Greece was to the occident; it was the fountain-head of inspiration. The art of India was not confined to the skilled creation of objects that had form and beauty; that were of deep religious signif... View more info

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Essays in National Idealism

By: Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

Price: $11.95

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.: 2013

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 032569

ISBN: 8121501792

Condition: New


The book, 'Essays in National Idealism' in the words of the author himself, represents "an endeavour towards an explanation of true significance of the national movement in India." In fact, it marks a stage of development of Coomaraswamy's own thought reflecting perhaps the quest for his own identity. In his view, the Indian National Movement had its base in an idealistic movement, for it represented a struggle for spiritual and mental freedom from the domination of an alien ideal. As early as 1909 Coomaraswamy strived for ideal type of national education to be imparted by purely India... View more info

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Hinduism and Buddhism

By: Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

Price: $3.95

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.: 2015

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 033692

ISBN: 8121500370

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Ananda Coomaraswamy's Hinduism and Buddhism, like all his writings, is a masterpiece. In this work he sets forth his ideas with his usual depth and insight to discard the wrong notions about the divergence in the basic philosophies of these two major religions that have been propounded by 'European scholars and by Indians trained in our modern sceptical and evolutionary modes of thought.' In Hinduism and Buddhism Coomaraswamy has tried to show that the essentials of these religions are the same and form what may be called as the Philosophia Perennis or the Eternal Philosophy. His contention is... View more info

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A New Approach to the Vedas: An Essay in Translation and Exegesis

By: Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

Price: $9.25

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.: 2014

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 033972

ISBN: 8121506301

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From the pen of Ananda K. Coomaraswamy this small but wonderful volume is an essay in translation and exegesis in relation to the Vedas in which passages from the Rgveda and the Brhadaranyaka and Maitri Upanisads, dealing with cosmogony, ontology and teleology, have been interpreted in a new perception of the quite extraordinary depth of those ideas and their amazing psychological accuracy. According to Coomaraswamy no great extension of our present measure of understanding of the Vedas can be expected from philological research alone. Further progress in the interpretation of the difficult cy... View more info

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The Origin of the Buddha Image

By: Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

Price: $11.50

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.: 2016

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 039763

ISBN: 8121502225

Condition: New


Ananda K. Coomaraswamy's The Origin of the Buddha Image is a detailed study and analysis of the controversial problem. In the present monograph, with his usual acumen and deep understanding of the subject, Coomaraswamy has laid bare the facts which clearly show that the Buddha image was a product of the Indian mind. In this detailed excurses, he was discussed the problem not only with a view to prove that the Buddha image originated out of the pre-existing Indian forms, but has also taken pains to disprove the theories of those scholars with whom "Indo-Greek art has become a veritable obse... View more info

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Early Indian Architecture: Palaces

By: Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

Price: $11.95

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.: 2016

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 039796

ISBN: 8121502918

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Ananda Coomaraswamy's Early Indian Architecture—Palaces is, like all his writings, a masterpiece. In this study, he has discussed about prasada or the palace on the basis of the evidence from literary sources and early Indian sculptural examples. He has examined the various parts and components of the palace such as the storeys, the streets leading to and inside the palace, walls, gateways, different quarters and apartments, pillars, windows, etc., besides the material employed in the construction of the multi-storeyed prasadas, the development of gavaksha or the arched window, which was a c... View more info

Hinduism and Buddhism

By: Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

Price: $10.70

Publisher: New Delhi, Gyan Books Pvt. Ltd..: 2017

Seller ID: 700020

ISBN: 9789351287094

Condition: New


Printed Pages: 96. View more info

Art and Swadeshi

By: Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

Price: $12.78

Publisher: New Delhi, Gyan Books Pvt. Ltd..: 2017

Seller ID: 700047

ISBN: 9789351289142

Condition: New


Printed Pages: 152. View more info

Art and Swadeshi

By: Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

Price: $14.22

Publisher: New Delhi, Gyan Books Pvt. Ltd..: 2017

Seller ID: 700048

ISBN: 9789351289135

Condition: New


Printed Pages: 152. View more info

What is Civilisation?

By: Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

Price: $60.00

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.: 2012

Seller ID: 116741

Condition: New


This book asks fundamental questions, which are both piercing and incisive, in Coomaraswamyís inimitable style. The first essay delves deep into the Greek and Sanskrit roots of the word, civilization, its meaning and context. In one unbroken sweep a vast spectrum from Western and Eastern civilizations is covered. Coomaraswamyís quest for Philosophia Perennis, was an unceasing commitment. The essay on the "Pertinence of Philosophy" unpeels the diverse meanings of philosophy with the touch stone of his 'Credo'. The exploration of the nature of myth and symbol was another preoccupation.... View more info

Vidyapati Padavali

By: Ananda K. Coomaraswamy & Arun Sen

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts/Clarion Books: 1994

Seller ID: 101630

ISBN: 8185120501

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Vidyapati ?hakur, one of the most renowned medieval Maithili poets, composed the wreath of songs, the theme of which is the same as that of Gitagovinda the courtship of God and the soul, under the names of Radha and K???a. The story of love told in the poems is an allegorical representation of the yearning of the human soul for the Divine.The poetry of Vidyapati arrested Coomaraswamy's attention for translation, although translation was otherwise least of his callings. Perhaps he felt the need to convey through the English language the multi-layered symbolism of these seemingly simple verses r... View more info

Essays on Music

By: Ananda K. Coomaraswamy & Premlata Sharma (Ed.)

Price: $10.20

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts/Manohar Publishers & Distributors: 2010

Seller ID: 101632

ISBN: 8173046115

Condition: New


These essays were published in a few books, journals, etc., mostly in the early years of the twentieth century. Coomaraswamy held that music in countless ways had been bound up with the Indian national culture, for it was the most universal expression of emotion-religious, amorous or martial. Music belonged to every part of life. The flute of K???a, the vi?a of Sarasvati, the dance of Siva, the Gayatri as cosmic chant or music of the spheres; the hymns of passionate adoration of the southern Saivite, all these belong to the association of music and religion.In addition to the art of music, Coo... View more info

Essays on Jaina Art

By: Ananda K. Coomaraswamy & Richard J. Cohen

Price: $29.20

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts/Manohar Publishers & Distributors: 2003

Seller ID: 101629

ISBN: 8173045348

Condition: New


His writings on Jaina art span the entire period of his active working life as an art historian. He published his first article on the subject in 1914 and ended with a book review in 1943, four years before his death. Jaina art and its symbolic inventory held a special place in Coomaraswamy's formulation of the history of Indian painting, indeed Indian civilization itself. He was the first to recognize its chronological place in the succession of style. The Jaina paintings are not only important for the student of Jaina iconography and archaeology which are illustrative of costumes, manners an... View more info

The Cultural Heritage of India, 8 Vols in 9 Parts

By: Kapila Vatsyayan (ed.); Introduction By Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

Price: $199.00

Publisher: Kolkata, India, The Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture:

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 022389

ISBN: 8185843015

Condition: New


Set of 7 vols. View more info

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The Cultural Heritage of India: Volume VII: The Arts, Part One

By: Kapila Vatsyayan (ed.); Introduction By Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Kolkata, India, The Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture: 2006

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 031680

ISBN: 8187332484

Condition: New


Printed Pages: 1104 with numerous b/w illustrations. View more info

Portrait Sculpture in South India

By: T.G.Aravamuthan; Foreword By Ananda K.Coomaraswamy

Price: $11.50

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Asian Educational Services: 1992

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 035970

ISBN: 8120608003

Condition: New


Printed pages: 116 alongwith 34 illustrations and plates. View more info