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Mookerjee, Monotosh (1951) Mediaeval illustrated manuscripts of Eastern India and Nepal. PhD thesis. SOAS University of London. DOI:

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Indian art has been studied by different scholars from different points of view. In this thesis, for the first time, a systematic study of the Illustrated Manuscripts of Eastern India and Nepal has been attempted. Certain scholars have previously described a few manuscripts, mainly from the point of view of their iconographic interest. The Manuscripts which are here treated of have received either very scant notice, or no notice at all. Three manuscripts are described for the first time. The thesis has been divided into two parts :- Part I consists mainly of an introductory discussion with special reference to the distribution, nature and purpose of the manuscripts. In the First Part, also, an attempt has been made to discuss the artistic quality, the technology and other aspects of the paintings themselves. It appears that these miniature book illustrations derive their traditions from earlier mural paintings. Part II: Of the many manuscripts, mentioned in the Catalogue, which forms a major part of Part II of the thesis, six dated manuscripts have been selected for special study. Taken together they range from the end of the tenth to the first quarter of the twelfth century A,D., i.e. a little over a century and a quarter. One of the manuscripts discussed here, has been found to be the earliest known Indian paper manuscript. (ASutosh Museum Manuscript of Astasahasrika Prajnaparamita). An attempt has been made to give a complete catalogue of the Illustrated Manuscripts of Eastern India and Nepal, including those in private collections. One map showing the geographical position of the area has been supplied. A number of plates are, also, attached in order to illustrate the quality and details of the paintings.

Item Type: Theses (PhD)
SOAS Departments & Centres: SOAS Research Theses > Proquest
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Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2018 15:07

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