This book contains many landmarks in the history of
Buddhist doctrine and art, presented on the basis of in-depth analysis
of the styles and icons of stūpas. It emphasizes the study of minor
votive stūpas and those figured in reliefs, which, undamaged and
represented with complete ornamentation, are testimonies about the
conception and use of this object of worship.
of this work is on stylistics, i.e. the study of styles systematically
conducted with a precise and elaborate method, constituting a full
fledged discipline, which, along with iconography, provides a solid
foundation for scientific history of art.
relevant to the conception, building and worship of stūpas, such as
Kriyāsaṁgraha, are referred to, with edition and translation.