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Serindia Publications
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  Size:   235 x 305 mm
9.25 x 12 in
 
  Pages:   354  
  Color:   16  
  B/W:   221  
  Binding:   Hardcover  
  Published:   May 1999  
  ISBN:   0-906026-51-2  
 
 

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Ruthless Compassion : Wrathful Deities in Early Indo-Tibetan Esoteric Buddhist Art
Rob Linrothe

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Despite an impressive body of distinguished scholarship on the history of esoteric Buddhism in India, it is only sketchily understood. The author assembles hundreds of works of art, analyzing them formally and stylistically, to determine the chronology of their iconographic themes. This group of art objects is comprised mainly of sculpture surviving from the sixth to the thirteenth centuries at widely scattered sites throughout eastern India, Europe and America. Collectively, the group provides a continuous historical record of the evolution of esoteric Buddhist belief and practice - a record that supplements and often challenges the conclusions of exclusively textual histories.