Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia

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Numerous Hindu and Buddhist kingdoms flourished in Southeast Asia from the 5th to the 9th century, yet until recently few concrete details were known about them. Lost Kingdoms reveals newly discovered architectural and sculptural relics from this region, which provide key insights into the formerly mysterious kingdoms. The first publication to use sculpture as a lens to explore this period of Southeast Asian history, Lost Kingdoms offers a significant contribution and a fresh approach to the study of cultures in...
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Overview


Numerous Hindu and Buddhist kingdoms flourished in Southeast Asia from the 5th to the 9th century, yet until recently few concrete details were known about them. Lost Kingdoms reveals newly discovered architectural and sculptural relics from this region, which provide key insights into the formerly mysterious kingdoms. The first publication to use sculpture as a lens to explore this period of Southeast Asian history, Lost Kingdoms offers a significant contribution and a fresh approach to the study of cultures in Cambodia, Thailand, Burma, and other countries.
 
Authoritative texts by John Guy introduce more than 160 objects, extensively described and beautifully illustrated, together with essays by prominent scholars. Many of the objects have never before traveled outside their home countries. Gorgeous photography shot on location highlights each artwork, and maps and a glossary of place names elucidate their geographical context. A watershed study of Southeast Asia’s artistic and cultural legacy, Lost Kingdoms is an essential resource on a fascinating and enduring subject.
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Publishers Weekly
05/26/2014
This companion catalogue to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2014 exhibit of the same name is the first to engage with the artistic and religious heritage of Southeast Asia in order to situate first-millennium Southeast Asian art in the broader context of Asian art. Beautifully produced and visually diverse, this rich volume is organized thematically, with sections on identity creation in Southeast Asia, the influence of the Brahman world and state, and cult art. Brief scholarly essays preface the images, many of which are reproduced in color photographs, and all of which are accompanied by detailed catalogue entries. The book opens with two highly instructive essays by Met curator Guy that analyze the influence of Indic culture upon Southeast Asian art and outline early Southeast Asia’s central kingdoms; other notable essays discuss Buddhist law in artistic representation and the impact of new archeological discoveries in central Thailand. The book’s strength is in its balance of splendidly reproduced art works and scholarly insight on the art of the early cultures of Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysian, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. 360 illus., 304 in full color. (May)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780300204377
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 347,434
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 12.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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John Guy is Florence and Herbert Irving Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art, Department of Asian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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