Masterworks from India and Southeast Asia

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Spanning two millennia and the breadth of southern Asia, the thirty-seven masterworks presented here introduce the reader to the nice artistic achievements of India and Southeast Asia. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is world-renowned for its Asian collections, and this beautifully illustrated volume demonstrates why.

On this catalogue readers will explore idealized sculptures created in stone and bronze, examples of richly carved woode architecture, vibrant paintings, and luxurious textiles and furniture as diverse in style as the cultures they represent.

The works fall into two general categories: art for spiritual use, related to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism; and courtly and decorative arts, related to the Mughal and Rajput courts and the eclectic tastes of the Colonial Era.

Every work is accompanied by a detailed essay exploring its cultural and aesthetic significance. The introduction examines the history of the gathering and provides a general framework for appreciating and interpreting South and Southeast Asian Art. This elegant and informative book can be enjoyed by scholars and art lovers alike.

About the Author – Kimberly Masteller is the Jeanne McCray Beals Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art on the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Her previous publications come with From Mind, Heart, and Hand: Persian, Turkish, and Indian Drawings from the Stuart Cary Welch Collection and plenty of journal contributions and articles on South Asian and Islamic Art.

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