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BUNDI FORT: A RAJPUT WORLD. Milo Cleveland Beach. Marg Publications, Mumbai, 2016. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Antique Collectors' Club, New York. 148 pp. 30 x 24 cm. ISBN 9789383243112 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Publisher's description: The wall-paintings in the Rajput fort at Bundi include the earliest and finest examples of court painting known in India. Only recently available for sustained study, these wall-decorations help to define the religious, literary and artistic interests of the court; the functions of the spaces they adorn; the political aspirations of the rulers; and the evolving relationships between one court, its Rajput neighbors, and its Mughal overlords. True understanding of the wall-paintings is impossible without knowledge of the walls that support them, the ceremonials they surrounded or described, and the events, conflicts and alliances which brought the court (and the painters) into contact with other geographic areas and cultural traditions of India. Scholars have recently located local historical chronicles and literary texts (in Hindi) that yield important new information about court life. Additional projects have produced plans and measured drawings of the buildings within the fort at Bundi, as well as photographic documentation of the wall-paintings in situ. Since this is all new, separately conceived information, full publication and coordination of these discoveries is essential, and it should transform understanding of Rajput painting and architecture in Rajasthan.
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Worldwide Number: 170747
Hardcover $69.95x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title) nota bene: See Comment Above.

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