Mayamata an indian treatise on housing architecture and iconography pdf

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Mayamatam (2 Vols.): Treatise Of Housing, Architecture And Iconography by Bruno Dagens

Volumes 14 and 15 of Kalamulasastras series are devoted to the study of Mayamatam-Vastu Sastra- or a treatise on dwelling. It deals with all the facets of gods and mens dwellings, from the choice of the site to the iconography of the temple walls. The present bilingual edition contains critically edited Sanskrit text, English translation, with copious notes. The usefulness of the edition has been enhanced by addinf an analytical tables of contents and a comprehensive glossary. (Reprinted)
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Foreword The MAYAMATA and the MANASARA are the two best known amongst Sanskrit treatises of South India on architecture and iconography. However.
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Please take this quick survey to tell us about what happens after you publish a paper. Nexus Network Journal. From its early origins to the tenth century, the Hindu temple embodied a progressive elaboration of a simple formal schema based on a cuboidal sanctum and a solid form of distinctive curvature. The architectural form of the temple was the subject of wide experimentation, based on canonical sacred texts, within the regional schools of temple building in the Indian subcontinent. This paper investigates the practice of this knowledge in the constructive geometry of temple superstructures, with attention focused on the canonical rules for deriving the planar profile of a temple using a mandala proportional grid and the curvature of the sikhara superstructure using a rekha sutra curve measure.

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The Mayamata is a Vastusastra, i. It contains numerous and precise descriptions of villages and towns as well as of the temples, houses, mansions and palaces. It gives indications for the selection of a proper orientation, right dimensions, and of appropriate materials. It intends to be a manual for the architect and a guidebook for the layman. Well-thought-of by traditional architects sthapati-s of South India, the treatise is of great interest at a time when technical traditions, in all fields, are being scrutinized for their possible modern application.

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Mayamatam : treatise of housing, architecture, and iconography

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In the context of temple design, Shilpa Shastras were manuals for sculpture and Hindu iconography , prescribing among other things, the proportions of a sculptured figure, composition, principles, meaning, as well as rules of architecture. Monier-Williams s. While Shilpa and Vastu Shastras are related, Shilpa Shastras deal with arts and crafts such as forming statues, icons, stone murals, painting, carpentry, pottery, jewellery, dying, textiles and others. Together, Shilpa Shastra means the science of art and crafts. Shilpani, works of art of man, imitate the divine forms, by employing their rhythms, they metrically reconstitute, and interpret the limitless knowledge, of the sacred hymns, from the limits of being human.

The MAYAMATA is a Vastusastra, that is to say a 'treatise on dwelling' and, as such, it deals with all the facets of gods' and men's dwellings, from the choice of a site to the iconography of temple walls. It contains numerous and precise descriptions of villages and towns as well as of temples, houses, mansions and palaces. It gives indications for the selection of a proper orientation, of right dimensions and of appropriate building materials. It intends to be a manual for the architect and a guide-book for the layman. Well-thought-of by the traditional architects sthapati-s of South India, this treatise is of interest at a time when technical traditions, in all fields are being scrutinized for their possible modern application. The present English version is based upon the Edition, with French translation, previously published by Dr. He has done archaeological researches in Afghanistan and in Cambodia and taught Sanskrit at the University of Louvain Belgium.

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  1. Bruno Dagens born is a French archaeologist, art historian, Sanskritist , and a specialist on Angkor Wat.

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