Text, Image, and the Book
The introduction identifies the primary concerns of this study as an art-history and material-culture study of the illustrated manuscripts and the Buddhist book cult in medieval South Asia.An illustrated Buddhist manuscript in medieval India was designed as a three-dimensional object that could be animated and that could perform magical wonders, comparable to an app of an interactive digital book designed for an electronic device like an iPad.Buddhist bookmakers in medieval South Asia took the mutually reinforcing roles of text, image, and book to transform an already sacred text such as the Prajñāpāramitā sūtra, a Mahāyāna Buddhist philosophical treaty, into a suitable cultic object of Esoteric Buddhist practitioners.
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