The present volume contains translations of Benisti`s major publications dealing with Khmer art. The main article is a study of the relations between early Khmer and Indian art, i.e.7th and 8th centuries, the crucial period of the introduction of Indian religion and other components of Indian culture in the first well-organized kingdom of Khmer Land Her systematic survey of styles, along with detailed study of iconography, thus provides a solid foundation for a comprehensive study of both Indian and Khmer art.
About the Author:
Mireille Benisti was a French Indologist. She was trained by scholars such as Pholoppe Stern and Paul Mus who marked the first half of the twentieth century- the first by his systematic method of style analysis in the history of art, the second by his deep insights in the history of Buddhism and in the conceptions of religious monuments such as the stupa. She has published number of articles, on the stupa, on decorative motifs in Buddhist and Hindu art of India and Combodia. Her contribution is basically in the domain of stylistic and extends also to iconography as well as to textual sources in Sanskrit.