The two-headed deer illustrations of the Rāmāyaṇa in Orissa
|Author Notes:||Joanna Williams|
Berkeley, Calif. [u.a.]
University of California Press
California studies in the history of art
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This book concerns illustrations of the Ramayana[*] , an epic poem with epic implications for contemporary India. I have chosen, however, to focus upon the single region of Orissa rich rice-growing plains along the eastern coast, between Bengal and Andhra, a region relatively homogeneous, traditional, and peaceful (see maps). Orissa is known for its elegantly carved and architecturally ambitious temples, dating from A.D 600 to 1250. The illustrations considered here, however, are less familiar sequences of pictures from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. My reason for addressing this topic is not that of the mountaineer who climbs a peak "because it is there" (and unclimbed). Rather I should profess a tripartite personal agenda.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 195-202) and index
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Rāmāyaṇa / Vālmīki