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The Art of Indian Asia:
Its Mythology and Transformations
by Heinrich Zimmer; edited by Joseph Campbell


Table of Contents

Note: I have omitted some of the scholarly apparatus from this table of contents, such as the List of Plates, the Indices, etc.


I. The Great Periods of Indian Art

II. The Indus Valley Civilization

III. The Vedic Aryan style

IV. Mesopotamian Patterns in Indian Art

1. Gods standing on animals
2. The heaven-bird and the earth-serpent
3. The serpent and the savior

V. Indian Ideals of Beauty

1. A Maurya Mother Goddess
2. Paleolithic Mother Goddess
3. Indian ideals of feminine beauty
4. The forms of the great Goddess in Indian art
5. The South Indian bronzes
6. The Tantric influence
7. The Jaina style
8. The art of Java
9. Cambodian art
10. Campa (Annam), and the temper of Indonesian art
11. Bali

VI. The Symbolism of the Lotus

1. The Lotus Goddess
2. The lotus support
3. The Bodhisattva lotus-in-hand
4. The lotus in Burmese art
5. The lotus in Tibet
6. The lotus in China and Japan
7. The Lotus Goddess of the cosmic sea—and the Palace-Temple Ankor Wat
8. Excursus: on the contents and form of Indian sculpture
9. The Palace-Temple Ankor Wat—and the Lotus Goddess of the cosmic sea

VII. Indian Architecture

1. The early Buddhist stupas
2. The Buddhist Viharas, Caityas and later stupas
3. The Buddhist pillars of victory
4. The sacred sites of Hinduism
5. An architecture based on wood
6. The Great Jaina Temples
7. The Hindu Temple, northern style
8. The Hindu Temple, central style
9. The Hindu temple, southern style
.....i. Calukya dynasty (c. 550-750)
.....ii. Cola dynasty (c. 850—1150)
.....iii. Pandya dynasty (c. 1100-1350)
.....iv. Vijayanagar (c. 1350-1565)
.....v. Madura (post 1565)
.....vi. The architecture of the South Indian temple
10. The Hindu Cave-Temple
11. Borobudur and the architecture of Java

VIII. Indian Sculpture

1. The rules of the craft
2. Bharhut
3. The Buddhist art of Mathura, Gandhara, Amaravati and Bodhgaya
4. Hindu sculpture
5. The provincial forms: Ceylon; Indonesia; Further India

Appendix A: Some Notes on the Art of Painting

1. Two origin legends
2. Pala painting (c. 730-1250)
3. Gujarati (Jaina) painting (c. 1100-1600)
4. Rajput painting (c. 1550-1850)

Appendix B: Maps and Chronological Charts

Chronological Chart 1: Periods of Indian art
Map 1. India
Map 2. Asia
Map 3. Southeast Asia
Chronological Chart 2: Provincial styles


Contents (C) 2006 James Baquet


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