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Light of India: A Conflagration of Indian Matchbox Art

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With all the zany vibrancy of a Bollywood musical, the colorful matchbox labels of LIGHT OF INDIA present a fascinating confluence of popular culture and a sophisticated graphic arts tradition that stretches back for centuries. Populated with pouncing Bengal tigers, regal jungle elephants, and Hindu gods and goddesses, these miniature masterpieces are worlds unto themselves, skillfully illustrated with a naive yet irresistible charm. This delightful art book is sure to fire the imagination of all who wish to study, preserve, and celebrate India's more humble, but no less brilliant, visual arts heritage. A dazzling collection of more than 300 vintage matchbox labels from India, dating from the turn of the century through the 1950s. Includes a discussion of Hindu iconography, recurring visual themes and symbols, and the cultural and historical significance of matchbox art. A great resource for graphic artists and designers, collectors of paper ephemera or advertising art, and students of Indian culture. Gift edition slipcase includes a textured novelty "striker strip" along the spine.Reviews"Masterpieces pop up where you least expect them, as revealed in Light of India."-East Bay Express

About the Author

WARREN DOTZ is a pop culture historian and ardent collector with a special interest in advertising icons. He lives and works in Berkeley, California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781580088572
Publisher:
Ten Speed Press
Subject:
General
Author:
Dotz, Warren
Subject:
Graphic Arts - General
Subject:
India
Subject:
Matchbox labels.
Subject:
Matchbox labels - India
Subject:
Antiques-General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
5.48x8.40x.60 in. .84 lbs.

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