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Image problems : the origin and development of the Buddha's image in early South Asia

Author: Robert DeCaroli
Publisher: Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2015]
Series: McLellan book
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This deft and lively study by Robert DeCaroli explores the questions of how and why the earliest verifiable images of the historical Buddha were created. In so doing, DeCaroli steps away from old questions of where and when to present the history of Buddhism's relationship with figural art as an ongoing set of negotiations within the Buddhist community and in society at large. By comparing innovations in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Art
Named Person: Gautama Buddha; Gautama Buddha.; Buddha; Buddha.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert DeCaroli
ISBN: 9780295994567 0295994568 9780295805795 029580579X
OCLC Number: 895730861
Description: x, 263 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm.
Contents: Problems and preconceptions --
Questions of origin --
Image aversion --
Images and identity --
Historical shifts --
Image appeal --
Coping strategies --
Final words.
Series Title: McLellan book
Responsibility: Robert DeCaroli.

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"This deft and lively study by Robert DeCaroli explores the questions of how and why the earliest verifiable images of the historical Buddha were created. In so doing, DeCaroli steps away from old questions of where and when to present the history of Buddhism's relationship with figural art as an ongoing set of negotiations within the Buddhist community and in society at large. By comparing innovations in Brahmanical, Jain, and royal artistic practice, DeCaroli examines why no image of the Buddha was made until approximately five hundred years after his death and what changed in the centuries surrounding the start of the Common Era to suddenly make those images desirable and acceptable. The textual and archaeological sources reveal that figural likenesses held special importance in South Asia and were seen as having a significant amount of agency and power. Anxiety over image use extended well beyond the Buddhists, helping to explain why images of Vedic gods, Jain teachers, and political elites also are absent from the material record of the centuries BCE. DeCaroli shows how the emergence of powerful dynasties and rulers, who benefited from novel modes of visual authority, was at the root of the changes in attitude toward figural images. However, as DeCaroli demonstrates, a strain of unease with figural art persisted, even after a tradition of images of the Buddha had become established." -- Publisher's description

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I read the text as Image Answers, for DeCaroli provides some remarkable insights into the conception and production of images by mining textual sources, both Buddhist and Brahmanical, in enormously Read more...

 
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