This book represents one of the most important private holdings of India and Himalayan art in the world. Certain objects have been widely exhibited; others have never been publicly shown. The exhibition and the accompanying publication bring together works from both India and the Himalayas, demonstrating the range and depth of the Ford collection, providing an extraordinary overview themes in the art of Southeast Asia with outstanding works of art.The catalogue is accompanied by two introductory essays: "Introduction: Desire and Devotion." by Pratapaditya Pal, and "Artistic Production, Religious Practice: Material and Ideological Constraints," by Hiram Woodward.
About the Author:
PRATAPADITYA PAL is visiting curator of Indian and Himalayan Art at the Art Institute of Chicago and general editor of Marg Publications. He is currently writing a multi-volume catalogue of the world famous Asian collection at the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena.