The Two-Headed Deer. Joanna Williams.

The Two-Headed Deer
Illustrations of the Ramayana in Orissa

University of California Press. 7.25 x 10.25", 330 pp., 289 b/w illustrations, 12 color plates, 2 maps, 3 tables, cloth, d.j., Berkeley, 1996. (o.p.; sl wear to d.j., text fine). Item #6129
ISBN: 0520080653

The author approaches the Ramayana, the classical Indian tale, through a study of its illustrations. Drawing on a wide variety of sources (illustrated manuscripts, paintings, shadow plays, palm-leaf illustrations) the author examines the ways in which the story is represented and the aesthetics and factors influencing the way the story is represented. The work promises to offer a new models for art historians, but will prove valuable reading for anyone interested in Indian literature, art, or society.

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