This volume presents a
selection of essays written by a pioneering interpreter of Indian art
and its religious contexts. The writings collected here emphasize the
cultural and symbolic values of Indian art. The first section discusses
the social and religious contexts of art.
This is followed by
essays on various forms of ritual art. The section entitled 'The Subtle
Body" is derived from her term for the form that underlies concrete
shapes; it includes studies of literary and visual symbolism.
concentrate on formal and technical aspects of temple structure and
painting in the context of their symbolic meaning. Over 150
illustrations, many of them prepared especially for this volume, provide
a vital visual dimension to her writing. Also included is a biographical
essay by the editor of the volume and Joseph Dye's comprehensive
bibliography of her works.