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Door in the Sky #89: The Door in the Sky: Coomaraswamy on Myth and Meaning

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Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (1877-1947) was a pioneer in Indian art history and in the cultural confrontation of East and West. A scholar in the tradition of the great Indian grammarians and philosophers, an art historian convinced that the ultimate value of art transcends history, and a social thinker influenced by William Morris, Coomaraswamy was a unique figure whose works provide virtually a complete education in themselves. Finding a universal tradition in past cultures ranging from the Hellenic and Christian to the Indian, Islamic, and Chinese, he collated his ideas and symbols of ancient wisdom into the sometimes complex, always rewarding pattern of essays. The Door in the Sky is a collection of the author's writings on myth drawn from his Metaphysics and Traditional Art and Symbolism, both originally published in Bollingen Series. These essays were written while Coomaraswamy was curator in the department of Asiatic Art of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, where he built the first large collection of Indian art in the United States.

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"Coomaraswamy's essays [give] us a view of his scholarship and brilliant insight."--Joseph Campbell

Synopsis:

Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (1877-1947) was a pioneer in Indian art history and in the cultural confrontation of East and West. A scholar in the tradition of the great Indian grammarians and philosophers, an art historian convinced that the ultimate value of art transcends history, and a social thinker influenced by William Morris, Coomaraswamy was a unique figure whose works provide virtually a complete education in themselves. Finding a universal tradition in past cultures ranging from the Hellenic and Christian to the Indian, Islamic, and Chinese, he collated his ideas and symbols of ancient wisdom into the sometimes complex, always rewarding pattern of essays. The Door in the Sky is a collection of the author's writings on myth drawn from his Metaphysics and Traditional Art and Symbolism, both originally published in Bollingen Series. These essays were written while Coomaraswamy was curator in the department of Asiatic Art of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, where he built the first large collection of Indian art in the United States.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
List of Abbreviations and Short Titles
List of Works by A.K. Coomaraswamy Cited in this Volume
1Mind and Myth3
2Svayamatrrna: Janua Coeli6
3Imitation, Expression, and Participation62
4Atmayajna: Self-Sacrifice72
5A Figure of Speech or a Figure of Thought?113
6The Nature of Buddhist Art143
7An Indian Temple: The Kandarya Mahadeo175
8Literary Symbolism184
9The Symbolism of the Dome192
Index243

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691017471
Editor:
Coomaraswamy, R. P.
Author:
Coomaraswamy, Amanda K.
Editor:
Coomaraswamy, R. P.
Author:
Coomaraswamy, Ananda Kentish, PhD
Author:
Coomaraswamy, Ananda Kentish
Author:
Coomaraswamy, Ananda K.
Author:
Coomaraswamy, Rama P.
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Art
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Mythology
Subject:
Fine Arts
Subject:
Mythology, hindu
Subject:
Coomaraswamy, ananda kentish, 1877-1947
Subject:
Art -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Mind, Body & Spirit
Subject:
Art and architecture
Subject:
Asian and Asian American Studies
Subject:
Symbolism in art
Subject:
Mythology-General
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Mythos: The Princeton/Bollingen Series in World Mythology
Series Volume:
0089
Publication Date:
December 1997
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 15 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (1877-1947) was a pioneer in Indian art history and in the cultural confrontation of East and West. A scholar in the tradition of the great Indian grammarians and philosophers, an art historian convinced that the ultimate value of art transcends history, and a social thinker influenced by William Morris, Coomaraswamy was a unique figure whose works provide virtually a complete education in themselves. Finding a universal tradition in past cultures ranging from the Hellenic and Christian to the Indian, Islamic, and Chinese, he collated his ideas and symbols of ancient wisdom into the sometimes complex, always rewarding pattern of essays. The Door in the Sky is a collection of the author's writings on myth drawn from his Metaphysics and Traditional Art and Symbolism, both originally published in Bollingen Series. These essays were written while Coomaraswamy was curator in the department of Asiatic Art of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, where he built the first large collection of Indian art in the United States.
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