10-18thC Indian Miniatures Jain Mughal Rajput Pahari Rajasthan Sikh Basholi HCDJ

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Seller: ancientgifts (4,670) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 382505313396 Indian Miniatures by Mario Bussagli. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 158 pages. Publisher: Paul Hamlyn; (1969). Size: 7½ x 5½ x ¾ inch; 1 pound. Pictorial art ranks as one of India’s foremost arts with literature, the theatre, and music. At one extreme there are the great cycles of mural paintings, in temples and palaces, and at the other there are the miniature paintings which, in spite of their size, are still able to express profound psychological and spiritual values. They serve not only an important religious function, but also touch upon the most varied aspects of secular life, with poetic as well as descriptive significance. The full flowering of miniature art began when India came into direct and violent contact with Islam, and reached its highest peak of splendor during the Mogul Empire between the 16th and 18th centuries. During this prolific renaissance, illustrated manuscripts, album miniatures, portraits, celebratory and genre scenes made their way all over India and eventually to Europe. Mario Bussagli describes the history of Indian miniature painting over the last 1,000 years, and in the notes accompanying the plates draws our attention to details of composition and style so that we may fully appreciate the beauty and significance of these most refined and delicate paintings. CONDITION: GOOD. Seemingly unread (but age-blemished) hardcover w/dustjacket. Hamlyn/Cameo (1969) 158 pages. There's absolutely no evidence of reading wear inside the book. However there's a stamp from an Amsterdam nautical institute on the first free page (the first blank, unprinted page in the book). Also, the front and back end papers and free pages (the paper underside of the front and back covers, and the first and last blank, unprinted pages in the book) evidence faint, tan-colored age spots (known as "foxing"). Otherwise the inside of the book is almost pristine; the pages are (otherwise) clean, crisp, unmutilated, tightly bound, and evidence "zero" reading wear. The dustjacket does evidence moderate edge and corner shelfwear, abrasive rubbing and some chipping, particularly to the spine head and heel and the "tips" (the open corners of the dustjacket, top and bottom, front and back), but also to a lesser extent to the open edges of the dustjacket, front and back, both top and bottom edges. We did our best to minimize the aesthetic impact, repairing the edge chipping from the back side of the dustjacket, and touching up the worst spots with a similarly colored sharpie. If you flip the dustjacket inside out, it also shows tan-colored age spotting. Beneath the dustjacket the full cloth covers evidence only minimal shelf wear, but there are faint tan-colored age spots to the covers as well, probably stained by the spotting to the underside of the dustjacket. Given the considerable age-blemishing the book certainly lacks the "sex appeal" of a "shelf trophy". Nonetheless for those not concerned with whether the book will or will not enhance their social status or intellectual reputation, from the inside the pages are clean and unread. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! #2073g. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: Reputed for their accurate details, brilliant colors, variant themes, intricate designs and perfect realism, the Indian Miniature paintings have fascinated art connoisseurs the world over. The history of this form of painting is as old as the civilization itself. The form of Indian Miniatures that we see today carry years of influence of various other art forms. The Jain Miniatures of the early Medieval period (approximately 13th to 16th century), developed through the Mughal (Persian), Rajput and Pahari (Himalayan) influences. Later on, the Europeans also left their indelible mark on these paintings. The more prominent among the various schools in Indian Miniature Paintings are the Jain paintings, Rajasthani, Mughal, and the Pahari schools. These are then further classified into the various other forms, such as the Basholi, Kangra, Kalighat and the Sikh styles. The rich heritage of Indian miniature painting has long been the delight of collectors and art historians. The collectibles presented illustrate fascinating myths and poetic scenes. Religion and secular literature provided the artists with sources of inspiration. Legends like Vishnu and Krishna were presented as a glorifying incarnation. In the eighteenth century new scenes were introduced. Miniatures are centered around energetic rhythms of hunting, festival celebrations or royal visits to holy men. Love scenes are nowadays a classic. Miniature artists claimed they were capable of putting in motion, the breeze which throws aside the veil from the face of the beautiful. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: This is part of the Cameo series of books on art and antiques originally published in 1966 in Italy; and eventually republished in 1969 by Octopus Books of London. Printed on a heavy coated stock, it includes 73 full color plates. Visually spectacular, it is also a very intellectually gratifying and educational read. It contains a remarkable survey of the East Indian art of miniature paintings, over one thousand years of history. A remarkable, elegant, and visually stunning publication. REVIEW: 73 Plates in beautiful full color throughout the book with 158 pages. Pictorial art is one of India's main arts. Mario Bussagli describes the last 1000 years of Indian miniature painting. Translated by Raymond Rudorff from the Italian original printing of 1966 in Milan, Italy. Cameo edition. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: Magnificent! Perhaps too small be to called a “coffee table” book, but the quality and content are certainly in that realm. This is a wonderful, high quality book produced in the U.K. in English for distribution world wide. The full color plates are simply magnificent, and the images are of the most fabulous examples of Sardinian and Etruscan sculpture. A real visual extravaganza. High quality binding and great color prints! It is a wonderful reference for those interested in the history of ancient art and antiquities, with wonderful pictures even for whose who just want to admire the incredible richness of the art of East Indian miniatures. Still a wonderful reference despite being produced in 1966 (the ancient art remains absolutely unchanged). Truly enlightening with rapturous photographs, this was considered a classic and authoritative source when it was first published, and it remains so today. REVIEW: History of India's miniature painting over last 1000 years. Includes colorful paintings of gods and astrological signs as well as serving as an introduction to Indian culture. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $9.99 to $37.99 for an insured shipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our domestic shipments (and most international) shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and all shipments (international and domestic) are insured. 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After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world - but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE." Condition: Good, but age-blemished (see detailed description below), Material: Paper, California Prop 65 Warning: California wishes you to know that the book is not intended for human consumption., Provenance: Ancient India, Publisher: Paul Hamlyn (1969), Format: Hardcover with dustjacket, Length: 158 pages, Dimensions: 7½ x 5½ x ¾ inch; 1 pound

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