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Water Architecture in South Asia: A Study of Types, Developments and Meanings [Hardcover]

Julia A. B. Hegewald

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Book Description

Nov. 14 2001 9004123520 978-9004123526
"Water architecture in South Asia" represents some of the most beautiful and spectacular building achievements of the region. This study provides a holistic approach to the subject, suggesting common links and regional contrasts between types of water structures and their contexts, with a comprehensive interpretation of the history and meaning of water architecture in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Five types of water structures are identified. Their development is traced from simple to more complex forms, considering how these accommodate secular and religious functions, and present expressions of sacred and royal authority. This publication is the first reference work on the subject. Many of the structures discussed and illustrated here have never been published before. Its comprehensive approach will have a wide relevance for other South Asian disciplines.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers (Nov. 14 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9004123520
  • ISBN-13: 978-9004123526
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 21.2 x 29.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg

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'...a systematic investigation, a complete and exhaustive treatment of a subject which, until now, has only been treated in a partial, framentary manner or has been restricted to smaller geographical areas than that covered by this book.' Giulia Annalinda Neglia, Journal of the Islamic Environmental Design Research Centre, 2002. '...a fine example of extensive fieldwork, imagination, and intelligent ambition.' Michael W. Meister, South Asian Studies.

About the Author

Julia A.B. Hegewald read South Asian Art History and Indian Languages at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, and is now Research Fellow in Indian Architecture at University College, Oxford. She has carried out fieldwork throughout the Indian subcontinent and has published extensively on the art and architecture of South Asia.

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