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Notes on a Nepalese Manuscript Miniature

Title:Notes on a Nepalese Manuscript Miniature
Author:Khandalavala, Karl
Publication:Marg
Enumeration:Vol. 4 Issue no. 1, p. 53-56
Abstract:The late 14th or early 15th century illustration of the Dhyani Buddha Amitabha, with two Bodhisattvas on either side, on a Nepalese manuscript leaf is compared with treatment of the motifs in other manuscripts. The Nepalese manuscript illustrations upto the end of the 14th century follow the Bengal palm leaf manuscripts of the Palas, with allowances for certain differences. The Ajantaesque influence in Pala and Nepalese styles is denied. The divergent development of Gujarati manuscript illustrations from those of the Palas and Nepal -- though both trace their origin to the idiom expressed at Ellora -- is attributed to the decline in royal patronage for painters in Gujarat.

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