From the delicate beauty of the many schools of Indian miniature painting to the large scale temple wall decoration, cloth pichhvai’s and the popular paintings of Calcutta and the gloriously colored devotional print. Sculpture is represented again by studies of schools and styles, such as the Chola bronze and the various temple representations of the gods and goddesses in repose and vital action.
The Peabody Essex Museum houses the Figiel collection of Indian sculpture and has an excellent online catalog of the title Ritual bronzes of Maharashtra. The Freer Sackler Gallery has at the moment an excellent online feature Sensuous and the Sacred: Chola Bronzes.
The arts of Nepal are based both in Buddhism and Hinduism, and this small country found in the heart of the Himalayas is said to be the home of the gods. Nepal and Tibet share a similar artistic heritage in their painted thangkas, yet their sculptural styles in both bronze and wood have very distinct identities with Nepal having an emphasis perhaps on the gentler side of Hinduism and Buddhism, Tibetan art concentrating as much on the darker and more wrathful side of the Gods. Outstanding collections of Tibetan art can be found at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York. For an extensive Himalayan collection see Yale University’s online website
Asia Fine Books began an exclusively online business in the fall of 2000, with a concentration on rare, reference and selected general interest books on the art and architecture of Asia including China, India, Japan, Nepal, Tibet and Southeast Asia, with a special interest in the arts of Cambodia. We are a member of the IOBA, Independent Online Booksellers Association. The majority of the books in inventory are rare and now out of print. Quality newer titles are included in inventory as they are released, grouped under the subject area and not gathered separately.
Always accepting single volumes and collections in the field of Asian art and history. I will take your books on consignment and try to get the very best price for you based on value.