The Hindu Temple
By (author) George Michell
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Hindu Temple by George Michell
Book DescriptionFor more than 1500 years, from the Indian subcontinent to the islands of the Indonesian archipelago, the temple has embodied and symbolized the Hindu worldview at its deepest level and inspired the greatest architectural and artistic achievements in Hindu Asia. In "The Hindu Temple," considered the standard introduction to the subject, George Michell explains the cultural, religious, and architectural significance of the temple. He illustrates his points with a profusion of photographs, building plans, and drawings of architectural details, making the book a useful guide for travelers to Asia as well as an illuminating text for students of architecture, religion, and Asian civilizations. Michell's discussion of the meaning and forms of the temple in Hindu society encompasses the awe-inspiring rock-cut temples at Ellora and Elephanta, the soaring superstructures and extraordinary sexual exhibitionism of the sculptures at Khajuraho, and the colossal mortuary temple of Angkor Vat, as well as the tiny iconic shrines that many Hindus wear around their necks and the simple shrines found under trees or near ponds.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226532301
(228mm x 153mm x 14mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 1-Sep-1988
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author George Michell
Late Temple Architecture of India, 15th to 19th Centuries, Hardback (March 2015)
This volume is the first comprehensive account of temple architecture in India during the period of Sultanate, Mughal, and British rule. For the most part neglected in historical surveys of Indian architecture, the temples that appear here are of interest for the startling diversity of their forms, structural techniques, and aesthetic qualities.
Kashgar, Hardback (October 2008)
A celebration of the history and character of the city of Kashgar with photographs by one of Australia's most highly regarded photographers, accompanied by an informed but readable text.
Majesty of Mughal Decoration, Hardback (October 2007)» View all books by George Michell
Contains decorative motifs with architectural details and crafted objects from the traditions of Mughal art. This book contains close-up details of wall reliefs, inlaid metal hookah bowls, carpets, jade sword hilts, gilded borders of miniature paintings and embroidered shawls and places these works in their historical and architectural context.
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Author Biography - George Michell
George Michell is the author of "Architecture of the Islamic World, Brick Temples of Bengal, " and "The Penguin Guide to the Monuments of India," Volume I. A native of Australia, he earned a Ph.D. in Indian archeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, the University of London.
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