The Dance of Siva: Essays on Indian Art and Culture (Dover Fine Art) (Paperback)

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Ananda Coomaraswamy, late curator of Indian art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, was unexcelled in his knowledge of the arts of the Orient, and unmatched in his understanding of Indian culture, language, religion, and philosophy. In this excellent reprint of a rare volume of essays, he reveals the essence of the Indian experience, rooted in "a constant intuition" of the unity and harmony of all life. Everything has its place, every being its function and all play a part in the divine concert led by Natarājā (Śiva), Lord of Dancers.
In a series of 14 stimulating and provocative essays, Coomaraswamy unfolds the vast metaphysic of India: the magnificent revelation of its art; its conception of the universe; social organization; attitudes toward feminism; problems of family; romantic love, and marriage. His sweeping commentary considers the "intellectual fraternity" of mankind; the venerable past as it survives side by side with emerging modern India; and the individual, autonomy, and repudiation of "the will to govern."
Enhancing the text are 27 black-and-white photographs -- mostly of masterpieces of painting and sculpture from the second century B.C. to the eighteenth century, and including the glorious "Cosmic Dance of N taraja." This handsome volume offers rich insight into the art, philosophy, and culture of a fascinating forty-centuries-old civilization.

About the Author


Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (1877-1947) was an Indian philosopher, Orientalist, and art historian who served as curator of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. He was also a co-founder of the Traditionalist School and active in promoting the Perennial Philosophy that underlies the world's religions.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780486248172
ISBN-10: 0486248178
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication Date: September 14th, 2011
Pages: 192
Language: English
Series: Dover Fine Art