Meher McArthur. Reading Buddhist Art: An Illustrated Guide to Buddhist Signs & Symbols. London: Thames & Hudson, 2004. Paperback, 216 pp, 304 Illustrations.
Buddhist art is as complex as the Buddhist tradition itself, and newcomers find it difficult to find their way around in the rich symbolism of painting and iconography. McArthur, the curator of East Asian Art at Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, has rendered an excellent by providing an easily accessible introduction to both Buddhist culture and its artistic expressions.
His book covers every important symbol and ritual implement through photographs or line drawings, and his discussions furnish the necessary background information on the history and philosophy of Buddhism in its various forms.
An excellent work for those wishing an introductory overview of Buddhist art and ritualism.
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