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Ornaments of Orissa

Ramesh Prasad Mohapatra, B.R. Pub, 1998, Ramesh Prasad Mohapatra. Edited by Thomas Donaldson, xv, 326 p, 101 plates, line drawings, ISBN : 8176460311, $129.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Contents: Preface. Introduction. I. Descriptions of adornment in later texts: 1. Descriptions of male adornment. 2. Descriptions of female adornment. II. Adornment of male deities in textual descriptions: 1. Visnu/Krsna. 2. Siva/Bhairava. 3. Surya. 4. Buddhist male deities. 5. Kubera/Jambhala. III. Adornment of female deities in textual descriptions: 1. Laksmi/Radha, Vaisnavi, Bhumi and Sarasvati. 2. Parvati, Annapurna, Bhuvanesvari and Mahesvari. 3. Durga/Mangala and Mahisamardini. 4. Varahi and Camunda. 5. Kali, Ugra-Tara and Bhairavi. 6. Manasa/Janguli and Astakulanagas as ornament. 7. Buddhist female deities. 8. Jain female deities. IV. Orissan adornment from the earliest times to the Bhauma period: 1. Male adornment during the 6th-7th centuries. 2. Female adornment during the 6th-7th centuries. V. Orissan adornment of the Bhauma period: 1. Male adornment during the 8th-9th centuries. 2. Female adornment during the 8th-9th centuries. VI. Orissan adornment of the Somavamsi period: 1. Male adornment during the 10th-11th centuries. 2. Female adornment during the 10th-11th centuries. 3. Back-slab decoration: throne, Kalpavrksa and Sapta-ratna motifs. VII. Orissan adornment of the Ganga period and later: 1. Male adornment during the 12th-16th centuries and later. 2. Female adornment during the 12th-16th centuries and later. VIII. Orissan adornment of select male deities: 1. Vaisnava adornment. 2. Saiva adornment. 3. Surya. 4. Buddhist male deities. 5. Kubera/Jambhala. 6. Hybrid/Theriomorphic Vahanas, Viralas and Nagas. IX. Orissan adornment of select female deities: 1. Laksmi/Radha, Vaisnavi, Bhumi and Sarasvati. 2. Parvati, Annapurna, Bhuvanesvari and Mahesvari. 3. Durga/Mangala and Mahisamardini. 4. Varahi and Camunda. 5. Kali, Ugra-Tara, and Bhairavi. 6. Manasa/Janguli and serpent deities. 7. Buddhist female deities. 8. Jain female deities. Glossary of ornaments. General glossary. Bibliography. List of drawings. List of photographs. Index.

"This book has been organised into numerous chapters with multiple sections for the sake of easy access in regard to period, figures and individual ornaments. Chapter 1 gives descriptions of adornment gleaned from later texts. Chapters 2 and 3 provide textual descriptions of adornment for specific male and female deities respectively in an attempt to determine which ornaments may be peculiar to each. Capter 4 is devoted to adornment on Orissan images from the earliest times to the Bhauma period. Beginning with chapter 5 and the widespread production of images throughout the state, a more systematic approach is introduced. The complete adornment for select individual male and female figures is a described. Chapter 5 is devoted to the Bhauma period, chapter 6 to the Somavamsi period and chapter 7 to the Ganga period and later. Chapters 8 and 9 are devoted to the adornment peculiarities of individual male and female deities respectively.

"1200 drawings of the ornaments and 101 excellent photographs given at the end of the book are particularly delightful. An exhaustive glossary on ornaments enhances the usefulness of the book." (jacket)

[Ramesh Prasad Mohapatra was Curator of Archaeology, Orissa State Museum.

Thomas Donaldson is Professor of Art, Cleveland State University. He also wrote Hindu Temple Art of Orissa and Sculpture Masterpieces from Orissa.]

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