The Great Mysore Bhagavata
Complete Study of a Manuscript from the Binney Collection, San Diego Museum
- An in-depth analysis of the great and sacred text, the Bhagavata Purana
- This work focuses on the second half of the Tenth Book of the Purana
- Includes over 200 images of the exquisite paintings in this splendid manuscript
This book from Mysore, stands out, not only because of the splendour of its illustrations but also because it engages with that great and sacred text, the Bhagavata Purana, in a manner that is completely different from almost anything else that one sees.
There are leaps of imagination here that take one's breath away, and the episodes picked up by its great but unnamed illustrators are explored in dense, brilliant detail. At each step the painters seem to have been aware of the importance of the text itself. For the Purana they were engaging with has a very special place in the heart of devotees, there being the belief that the Bhagavata 'is equal in status to the Veda'.
The scope of the volume is restricted to the second half of the Tenth Book of the Purana. Here the city of Dwarka is founded, a fierce contest with the bear king Jambavana is fought; the Khandava forest is burnt down, the great fortress of Narakasura is vanquished, the city of Hastinapura is dragged to the waters, great pilgrimages are undertaken, hordes of enslaved princes are freed, Shishupala is slain, Jarasandha is riven. Wide-eyed, one sees wonders piling upon majestic wonders.
Director's Foreword - Roxana Velasquez, Executive Director, The San Diego Museum of Art; Introduction - Anita Feldman, Deputy Director, Curatorial Affairs and Education, The San Diego Museum Art; Preface - B. N. Goswamy; The Mysore Bhagavata: An Essay in Three Parts - B. N. Goswamy; Catalogue (of Selected Paintings) - B. N. Goswamy; The Making of a Manuscript: Some Codicological Issues - Robert J. Del Bonta; A Prince Among Patrons: Mummadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar - Caleb Simmons; Inventory of Illustrated Folios; Selected Bibliography; Appendices; A Note on Diacritics; Concordance.
- Niyogi Books
- 6th Jan 2020
- USA & Canada
- 9 in x 11.5 in
- 320 Pages
- 217 color