Late Temple Architecture of India, 15th to 19th Centuries: Continuities, Revivals, Appropriations, and Innovations by George MichellLate Temple Architecture of India, 15th to 19th Centuries: Continuities, Revivals, Appropriations, and Innovations by George Michell

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From the fifteenth century on, after a period of widespread destruction and demolition, India witnessed a resumption of temple patronage and building activity. These "late" temples, however, are usually overlooked by architectural and art historians, who tend to privilege the earlier phases ofIndian architecture and art, the prevailing assumption being that India's "late" temples are unworthy of serious attention. As illustrated in this volume, nothing could be further from the truth. Accompanied by maps, photographs, as well as a selection of building plans, this book is the first wide-ranging account of temple architecture in the 500-year period that coincides with the rule of the sultanates, the Mughals, and the British. Through a meticulous study of over 300 temples from 17geographical zones, this book shows that, as far as temple architecture is concerned, these years were remarkably creative and vibrant. The temples built during this period display a startling diversity of forms, structural techniques, and aesthetic qualities. Rather than characterizing the appearance of domes, vaults, pointed arches, and other such "borrowings" as inappropriately "Christian" or "Islamic", this volume attempts tounderstand how such attributes came to be integrated into a Hindu and Jain religious context.
George Michell is Professorial Fellow at the School of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne. His research has mainly concentrated on the Deccan, Bengal, Gujarat and, most recently, southern India. The projects have varied from surveys of town planning and Islamic buildings to detailed studies of temple architec...
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Title:Late Temple Architecture of India, 15th to 19th Centuries: Continuities, Revivals, Appropriations…Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.65 × 7.09 × 0.96 inPublished:February 16, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Note on Dates, Spellings, Maps, and Bibliographic ReferencesPrefaceAcknowledgementsPART ONE: HISTORICAL AND RELIGIOUS BACKGROUND1. Patterns of Building Activity2. Devotional Cults and Temple PatronsPART TWO: STYLISTIC TRENDS3. Continuities and Revivals4. Appropriations5. Innovations6. OverviewPART THREE: KEY MONUMENTSThe Extreme North7. Himachal Pradesh and JammuCentral India8. Braj9. Bundelkhand10. AvadhEastern India11. Bihar and Jharkhand12. Orissa13. Bengal14. Assam and TripuraWestern India15. Rajasthan16. GujaratMalwa and the Deccan17. Malwa18. MaharashtraThe Western Coast19. Goa20. Kanara and Malnad21. KeralaSouthern India22. Karnataka and Rayalaseema23. Tamil NaduGlossary of Architectural TermsBibliographyIllustration CreditsIndex of Temples by SiteIndex of Building PatronsAbout the Author