Published in conjunction with the Asia Society's major international loan exhibition The Arts of Kashmir, this comprehensive catalogue by leading academics in the visual culture of Kashmir, explores Kashmir's rich artistic and intellectual ferment between the fourth and nineteenth centuries. The catalogue, featuring 125 objects of exemplary quality, includes both religious and secular arts, providing a holistic view of the cultural achievements of the people of Kashmir. Examples of Kashmir's little-known works of Hindu, Buddhist, and Islamic art are presented along with famed crafts works, ranging from furniture and papier-mfch, work to carpets and embroidery, to provide a sense of the broad artistic contributions of this region.The essays discuss early painting, textile, sculptural and literary traditions in Kashmir, with a particular focus on the intersection of these traditions with artistic, religious and cultural practices in the local and wider regions. Exhibition schedule: Asia Society,
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Pratapaditya Pal has been engaged with the art of Kashmir for over thirty years.The author of more than fifty books and numerous major exhibitions, Dr. Pal has conducted pioneering research on the arts of Tibet, Nepal, and India.John Siudmak has written extensively on the ancient Hindu and Buddhist arts of Kashmir. He is one of the leading specialist on ancient Kashmiri art.Gerald Larson is an eminent historian of religion and has special knowledge of the Hindu and Buddhist philosophies and religions of Kashmir.Simon Digby is generally acknowledged as the most knowledgeable living scholar of the Islamic period of Indian history and of Islamic art and culture.Frank Ames is a textile specialist and an authority of Kashmiri shawls.
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