The Buddha Image: Its Origin and Development

By: Y. Krishan and Kalpana K. Tadikonda

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This is a revised edition of the book, first published in 1995. It deals with crucial though controversial questions in buddhist art: the origin of the buddha image-its transformation from aniconism to anthropomorphism-and the iconography of the Buddha Images. The earliest Buddhist Art of Sanchi and Bharhut is aniconic : The Buddha is represented in symbols only. In the later Buddhist art of Gandhara and Mathura, the Buddha is represented in human form: he is the Principal subject of Sculptural art. The book seeks to explore the geographical area in which the image of the Buddha first emerged and whether the Buddhist doctrines-Hinayana or Mahayana-had anything to do with this transformation and whether anthropomorphism of the Buddha Image is of Greek inspiration. The Buddha image, as developed eventually at Sarnath, became the Model for the Buddha Images in whole of Asia- southeast, central and Eastern. The iconographic features of the Buddha image are superficially an aberration, being in apparent conflict with the doctrine. The Buddha had cut off his hair at the time of his renunciation; the rules of the order enjoin that a Monk must be tonsured and must discard and eschew all riches. However, in his images, the Buddha has hair on his head; later he is also endowed with a crown and jewels which, srictly speaking, are a taboo for a renunciant. After an exhaustive examination of the Views of various scholars, the book answers these questions and resolves the controversies on the basis of literary, Numismatic and epigraphic sources. More importantly it makes use of the valuable evidence from the contemporaneous Jaina art : Aniconism of early Jaina art and the iconographic features of Jaina images. The implications of this Study are also important : Does India owe idolatry to Buddhism? Was this of foreign inspiration? Was the Buddha image fashioned after the Vedic Brahma and whether the Buddha's usnisa and Buddhist art motifs are rooted in the Vedic tradition? Printed Pages: 246 with numerous b/w illustrations.

Title: The Buddha Image: Its Origin and Development

Author Name: Y. Krishan and Kalpana K. Tadikonda

Categories: India, Art & Art History, Buddhism and Buddhist Studies,

Edition: Second Revised and Enlarged Edition

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.: 2012

ISBN: 8121505658

ISBN 13: 9788121505659

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Size: 23 Cms x 29 Cms

Seller ID: 037048

Keywords: The Buddha Image Buddhism Buddhist India