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"[A]n excellent analytical study of a sensationally beautiful type of temple...This work is not just art historical but embraces...religious studies, anthropology, history, and literature." -Catherine B. Asher "[A]dvances our knowledge of...Bengali temple building practices, the complex inter-reliance between religion, state power, and art, and the ways in which Western colonial assumptions have distorted correct interpretation...A splendid book." -Rachel Fell McDermott In the flux created by the Mughal conquest, Hindu landholders of eastern India began to build a spectacularly beautiful new style of brick temple, known as Ratna. This "bejeweled" style combined features of Sultanate mosques and thatched houses, and included second-story rooms conceived as the pleasure grounds of the gods, where Krishna and his beloved Radha could rekindle their passion. Pika Ghosh uses art historical, archaeological, textual, and ethnographic approaches to explore this innovation in the context of its times. Includes 82 stunning black-and-white images of rarely photographed structures. Published in association with the American Institute of Indian Studies

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780253344878
ISBN-10: 0253344875
Format: Hardback
(6452mm x 4522mm x 26mm)
Pages: 280
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 20-Apr-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Pika Ghosh

Pika Ghosh is Associate Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is co-editor (with Michael W. Meister) of Cooking for the Gods: The Art of Home Ritual in Bengal.

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