Author: Lokesh ChandraPublisher: Aditya PrakashanYear: 2000Language: EnglishPages: 323ISBN/UPC (if available): 8186471935
The Dictionary details the characteristic attributes, chronology and symbolism of over twelve thousand main and minor deities. This work is an endeavor of half a century to identify, classify, describe and delineate the bewildering variation in Buddhist icons. It spans the last twenty centuries, and it is a comparative study of unprecedented geographic variations, besides the ever-evolving visualizations of great masters who introduced extraordinary plurality of divine forms in the dharanis and sadhanas. The Dictionary reflects the extraordinary cultural, literary, aesthetic and spiritual achievements of several nations of Asia over two millennia. It will help to identify the masterpieces along with the profusion of masters and divine beings around them. This Dictionary will add a dimension of precision and depth of perceptions to the visual tradition of paintings and sculptures.