PRINCIPLES OF COMPOSITION
IN HINDU SCULPTURE
CAVE TEMPLE PERIOD
1990, xvii+274 pp.
line drawings, b&w plates, gloss. index, ISBN: 81-208-0705-7: Rs 450 (HB)
This work represents an
approach to a hitherto unexplored aspect of Hindu sculpture. Dealing
with pre-medieval sculptures and leaving aside the historical,
doctrinal and aesthetic aspects of this art, it concentrates
exclusively on the question of composition. The principles of
composition, which are here discussed and defined, have resulted from
a careful analysis, carried on for a number of years, of the great
sculptures of the Rock-Temples at Elūrā (Ellorā), Bādāmī,
Mahābalipuram and others, that is to say of sculptures of the
pre-medieval period of the Rāṣṭrakūṭa, Cāḷukya and Pallava schools.
It contains a
demonstration of the principles described above, in the form of
detailed analysis of twenty-one sculptures; each analysis is
accompanied by a photograph of the sculpture with a short description
of the subject matter, and by two line diagrams- one presenting the
Space division or Measure and the other the Time division or Movement.
Each of these divisions is described separately and then brought into
a synthesis, on the basis of which the deeper content of the image can