Elephant KingdomSculptures from Indian Architecture
Elephants occupy a special place in the life and art of India.
"A journey through Indian architecture, Elephant Kingdom is a celebration of a continuous celebration through time of one of India’s most majestic creatures."
- Category: Architecture
A journey through Indian architecture, Elephant Kingdom is a celebration of a continuous celebration through time of one of India’s most majestic creatures. —Biblio
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Elephant Kingdom traces the myriad stories and symbolisms behind India’s much-loved animal, through its depictions in architectural sculpture. At the heart of the study is a collection of photographs from a diversity of antique settings—many of them in remote parts of the subcontinent. At centuries-old temples, monasteries, forts and palaces, elephants ﬂ ank ceremonial entrances, enrich columns and capitals, form balustrades to stairways or stand as enigmatic sentinels of vast courtyards. Some are legendary characters in tales of dreams and salvation; others enact scenes from a faithfully observed natural history. Some transport kings and heroes into battle and the hunt; othersare celestial messengers of rain, fertility and good fortune. From monumental freestanding sculptures to ﬁ nely-worked narrative friezes, the warmth and energy of these depictions bear testimony to the achievements of countless anonymous artisans. The result of a series of journeys to places where elephants still endure in stone, this book is not only an album of inspirations and motifs unique to India, but also a record of the special status ascribed to these majestic—and now endangered—giants of the animal world.
• Heaven and Magic
• Life and Surrender
• Pomp and Circumstance
• Sentinel and Cipher
• Sites referred to in the text and photographs
|Number of illustrations||77 colour|
|Size||9 x 11" (229 x 280 mm), sc|
|Date of Publishing||2007|
|Rights Available||World rights|