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The book studies the temples, sculptures and metal mohras, or divine masks, of the Himalayan state of northern India. The material for this book was collected from several field tours in the interior parts, especially in Kullu, Mandi, Simla and Chamba, the districts that are of particular interest. Scholars have not visited before most of the sites described here.

Oriental Art Museum 327 pages, about 450 colour and black-and-white photographs and drawings. 1985. 69 €
Ancient Indian earrings represented on sculptures as well as recovered from excavations are comprehensively studied for the first time. The continuity of forms and materials from the Harappan period to the modern times is pointed out. Ear ornaments in tribal India and outside the country are examined. Perennially interesting subjects, such as the taurine symbol, the conch shell, and the controversial stone discs are elaborated and discussed.

Oriental Art Museum  Approximately 320 pages, more than 400 colour and black-and-white photographs. 1989. 69 €
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Stepped wells are underground structures with stepped corridors leading down to the water’s edge, and the most ambitious are as large as 70 metres in length and over 30 metres in depth. Queen Udayamati commissioned excavation of the stepped well in memory of her husband, king of Gujarat. This great stepwell with its nearly 800 large sculptures is profusely illustrated and explained.

Oriental Art Museum  ISBN 81-900184-0-X
252 pages, 211 colour and black-and-white photographs, 26 measured drawings. 1991. 69 €
A complete study of the subtle iconography of Ganesa, the god of all beginnings with the elephant’s head. Ganesa is worshipped in India at the beginning of every ceremony to remove all obstacles. A rich mythology and iconography developed around Ganesa, son of the god Siva and Parvati. His worship spread even outside India. This is documented with numerous illustrations and myths over a period of 2000 years throughout India.

Oriental Art Museum  ISBN 81-900184-0-X
412 pages, 450 colour and black-and-white photographs, exhaustive Sanskrit glossary and a bibliography. 1997. 69 €
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This book presents altogether different approach to Khajuraho from the usual one, which overemphasises erotic sculptures. The Religious Imagery of Khajuraho highlights its significant contribution to the religious art as a whole. The book concentrates on the principal Hindu temples of this famous site in Central India of the medieval period. New interpretation of many sculptural motifs is presented.

Oriental Art Museum  ISBN 81-900184-1-8
270 pages, 224 colour and black-and-white photographs, 18 drawings. 1996. 69 €

Translated also in English - CHINESE PAINTINGS OF XINTIAN ZHU and in Chinese
This book is a collection of the paintings of Mrs. Xintian Zhu, who is a professional painter and photographer. These paintings which she has created in her own style have been acclaimed and exhibited in recognised art galleries in India and abroad

Oriental Art Museum  ISBN ISBN 81-900184-4-2
156 pages, 161 colour and black & white photographs and a bibliography of the description of the paintings in French and English. 1996. 40 €

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Different aspects of the cultural heritage of the tribal district of Bastar in Central India are documented in this book. The classical temples built by ruling princes and the more modest folk style shrines and memorials of the Gond tribals are studied. Hollow and solid cast figurines made by the ghadwa metal workers are illustrated. The element of continuity in change in tribal art and the ethnographic and archaeological perspectives have been examined.

Oriental Art Museum  ISBN ISBN 81-900184-5-0
208 pages, 294 photographs. 1999. 64 €

MUSÉE ASIATICA catalogue, Vol.I, en français

This is the first volume of the catalogue showing the works of art exhibited at Musée Asiatica dealing mainly with ancient India. The first page carries a brief description about the special features of this museum. Objects from the age of bronze, terracottas, sculptures, mother goddesses, ear ornaments, some of which are not found elsewhere, have been illustrated in this catalogue. Photographs of various rare images from the Sunga, Maurya, Kusana, Gupta, post-Gupta and Gandharan periods are depicted.

Sculptures of the medieval period are illustrated:the main Gods of Hinduism, with their gestures,their iconography. Also celestial beauties: nymphs, apsaras, nayads and fantastic animals. Orissa has a place of choice with Krishna, the God of love, delicate ivories, and a wheel from the temple of the Sun at Konarak.

A Summary is given at the end of the catalogue.

Oriental Art Museum  ISBN 81-900184-6-9
79 pages, 131 colour illustrations.

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MUSÉE ASIATICA catalogue, Vol.II, en français
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This second volume of Musée Asiatica catalogue is related mainly to the section on South India and North-East India.The first part describes briefly the very ancient and powerful Pallava dynasty and also illustrates the bronzes of south India comprising the Deccan and Kerala under the reign of Pallava king Narasimhavarman II and his successors. It also covers the rich, classical Chola dynasty (9th-11th century) with photographs of these bronzes which are unique and of great beauty, depicting the talent of the sculptors of this period.

It gives a brief history of the town of Vijayanagara and the small bronzes of this period are illustrated and how the great capital fell under the attacks of the sultans.

The second part illustrates the Pala-Sena sculptures and gives an idea of their style, date and precise geographical provenance prevalent among these bronzes and the history.

A Summary is given at the end of the catalogue.

Oriental Art Museum  ISBN 81-900184-7-7
88 pages, 116 colour illustrations, three maps and a depiction of mudras or hand gestures.


MUSÉE ASIATICA catalogue, Vol.III, en français

This third volume of Musée Asiatica catalogue takes the reader to that part of the collection in the Museum which deals specially with the arts and sculptures of Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Nepal. The arts in these Himalayan regions have developed in an original manner, particularly under the influence of Buddhism for Kashmir and Nepal, and under the influence of Hinduism for Himachal Pradesh. The first part deals with Kashmir, which is always under attacks as it is situated in the northernmost part of India and is a place of pilgrimage and commercial exchanges. Its history and art is discussed briefly and substantiated with sculptures dating to this period. The second part deals with the arts of Himachal Pradesh. The arts in this region developed from the classical style and then moved on to the rustic style, as can be seen from the sculptures arranged chronologically in the catalogue. Photographs of mohras representing divinities are studied and discussed. These are also studied in detail in our publication Antiquities of Himachal, outlined above. Also miniatures from the Kangra and Guler school and rumals or textiles from Himachal Pradesh are discussed. The third part accounts for the History of Nepal representing several important sculptures, such as Manjushri, Tara, Yudhishthira, Avalokiteshvara, Vajradhara, Vajrasattva as also the terrifying aspects of Bhairava. Mention is also made of Kapala and Phurba or kila, ritual objects.

An elaborate Summary is given at the end of the catalogue.

Oriental Art Museum  ISBN 81-900184-8-5
104 pages, 136 colour illustrations, two maps and a depiction of postures or asanas.

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MUSÉE ASIATICA catalogue, Vol.IV, en français
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The fourth volume of Musée Asiatica catalogue deals with the interesting section on Tibet and will take the reader to the supernatural realm. The tibetan collection of the museum forms a whole rich group and represents almost all the domains of tibetan art. The history of Tibet as also the history of art is quite elaborately explained for the benefit of the reader. There are well-illustrated photos of bronzes coming from Tibet. The birth of Buddha with photos will take the reader back to the time when he was born. Various manifestations of the Buddha are also described. A brief idea is given about the Tibetan religion of Bon and Tantrisme. The main Tibetan orders, such as Nyingma, Kagyu, Karmapa, Sakya, and Gelug are also described in this volume.

The various Tibetan lineages and the different masters associated with these lineages is also indicated in this volume. A brief write-up about Mahasiddhas or the great sages who were bestowed with supernatural powers. The various Arhats or Venerable masters are also explained and their depictions on thangkas or paintings. Beautiful representations of the objects of this cult, like phurba or Tibetan ritual dagger, stupa, kapala, ghanta, vajra, etc. are also shown. Also mandalas or cosmic diagrams.

An elaborate Summary and Glossary is given at the end of the catalogue.

Oriental Art Museum  ISBN 81-900184-9-3
108 pages, 158 colour illustrations, and a map.


The book describes the Stepwell at Patan in Gujarat. It has a complete iconography of the Hindu divinities, the architecture of the Stepwell is unique and it is one of the fantastic monuments in India. Several apsaras or celestial nymphs are also depicted which lends a magnificent view to the stepwell.

All the important divinities have been photographed in colour by Dr. ZHU Xintian and commented for their iconography. She has specially written the book so that this exceptional monument is known the world over. The UNESCO contemplates to classify it as a Patrimoine de l'Humanité.

Oriental Art Museum  ISBN 978-81-903943-0-7
It is the first book on Indian Art in CHINESE language, in A4 size on art paper, 206 pages, 280 well-illustrated photos in colour with matt lamination. The spine of the book has a gold embossing.

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Catalogue d'exposition dédié à l'exposition Voyage dans l'Himalaya ayent eu lieu du 11 avril 2009 au 28 août 2009

Oriental Art Museum  ISBN ISBN 978-2-7588-0233-4
140 pages. 2009. 25 €


The origin and evolution of fantastic beings and animals, the vyala, have not been deeply studied by scholars so far. The meaning and purpose of these fantastic figures has been lost in a far distant past.

Scholars have still different interpretations for the composite animals seen on the Indus Valley seals and the sculptures and statuettes of the early period in India. Yet it is proved in this work, that there is a resemblance between composite animals of the Indus Valley and those discovered in archeological excavations in the Gangetic Valley, some one thousand years later...

The reasons for illustrating supernatural animals seen on early Buddhist monuments - like Bharhut, Sanchi or Amaravati - has not been as yet fully understood.

It was therefore necessary to record systematically the composite animals from earliest times and classify them according to their types : terrestrial, aquatic or celestial. With this classification, one can observe that these fantastic beings represent the three worlds.

Oriental Art Museum  ISBN-978-81-903943-2-1
250 pages. 2012. 100 €
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