Development of Hindu Iconography
The Vedas, the Upanisads & the Bhagavadgita:
A Reinterpretation & Critical Appraisal
By Jitendra Nath Banerjea
Reprinted from the second and enlarged 1956 Edition
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers
738 pages, Illustrated, 6 1/2" x 9 3/4"
Hindu Iconography reflects fully the Hindu mind in its religious and social
aspects. Its study enables one to understand the mysterious India in the varied
facets of her life and culture. Iconography means not merely the mechanical
description and identification of an image, but also a study of the various
processes, mental and social, which lead to the growth of a cult or of a particular
The present book by a reputed Indian specialist views the subject of the Hindu
Iconography from the evolutionary standpoint and can claim to be a pioneer and
authoritative work in this respect. The author has carefully marshaled all kinds
of data - literary, epigraphic, numismatic, glyphic and sculptural - and presents
his materials and different problems in a systematic manner so as to build up
a logical and coherent picture of Hindu Iconography in its wide and varied scope.
A special feature of the book lies in a discussion of early iconographic types
even before the systematization of this branch of knowledge in the ancient Hindu
texts. First published in 1941, the present edition has been completely revised
and enlarged so as to serve as the most authoritative guide and reference work
on this interesting subject.
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