This beautifully illustrated volume celebrates the wealth and diversity of the arts of India created for the life of courts and temples from 1000 BC to the twentieth century. The book includes short background essays describing aspects of Indian life related to the works. The topics are: The Sacred Realm: Nature, Temple, Gods, Goddesses, Saint and Sadhus; The Court: Courtly Life, The Hunt, Royal Portraits, Couples and Women, Courtly Manuscripts. Each work is appraised by an expert in the field and information includes narrative episodes from the epics, iconographic symobolism, religious, social and other contextual information. Each work is fully illustrated and most of these have not been previously published.
Andrew Topsfield is head of the Indian Department at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.