Oriental Art of India, Nepal and Tibet by Michael Ridley

By Michael Ridley

Richly illustrated with photos and line drawings this publication is written in a transparent and easy method as a way to allow the reader to speculate properly and procure the best excitement from amassing Oriental artwork. the writer, who has accrued for a few years, issues out the pitfalls that may befall the beginner collector and provides necessary counsel within the acceptance of forgeries.

A necessary addition to the bookshelves of all who've an curiosity within the paintings and antiquities of India, Nepal and Tibet, it comprises details which has now not been ordinarily on hand to creditors earlier than. not like different works at the topic, the textual content and illustrations pay attention to the artwork and antiquities that are in the succeed in of the normal collector of reasonable means.

The e-book provides a concise account of Oriental artwork, either classical and folks, from the early interval until eventually the nineteenth Century. There are chapters on mythology, work, sculpture and bronzes of India, Nepal and Tibet, including beneficial id charts and glossaries.

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A miniature bronze figure of an elephant, with riders, was excavated in 1945 from Brahmapuri, Kolhapur. It is, however, only a fragment, probably a finial of a lamp, but shows a highly developed knowledge of bronze working. It belongs to the Satavahana period, mid 2nd century. There is a similar figure of a lone elephant, part of a toy, in the Barrett Collection, which may date to the same period (see Oriental Art, volume 4, No. 3, 1953). If the bronzes from the Deccan are illusive, so the early history is obscure.

Some of these objects are made in the form bronze figure of a peacock with god rider. Probably Subrahmanya. 19th century. This figure formerly had wheels attached and was pulled along as a toy. Ht. 20 cm. 29. Jungli 54 of birds, fish and, sometimes, fruit, such as the mango. Collecting Jungli pieces can be extremely rewarding, often enabling the collector to acquire original, spontaneous works of art, which are sometimes lacking in the classical school. Later Bronze Art we go on to consider the bronze statuary of Tibet and Nepal we should pay some attention to the bronze work of the Before mainstream of Indian art.

Tibetan bronze figure of the Buddha. 18th century. Ht. 16 cm. oo 1 1. Bronze figure of Durga killing the demon Mahishasura. 8th centurv. South-west India. Ht. 13 cm. The wax original was then covered with a layer of fine clay. Charred husk, minced cotton, salt and other ingredients were mixed with the clay. The image was covered with three layers, holes being left in the casing for the wax to escape and to allow the molten metal to be introduced. A final, thicker layer covered the whole. The image was then placed in a fire or oven until most of the wax had melted and evaporated away and until only the composition mould was left.

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