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Ten Lives of the Buddha: Siamese Temple Painting and Jataka Tales (Paperback) by Elizabeth Wray (Author)

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Ten Lives of the Buddha: Siamese Temple Painting and Jataka Tales by Elizabeth Wray (Author), Clare Rosenfield (Author), Dorothy Bailey (Author), Joe D. Wray (Author), Joe D. Wary (Photographer)

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Book details

  • Paperback: 153 pages
  • Publisher: Weatherhill Inc; New edition (1 Mar 1997)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 0834803747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0834803749
  • Dimensions: 26.7 x 19.7 x 1.9 cm

Ten Lives of the Buddha: Siamese Temple Painting and Jataka Tales Description

The Jataka Tales or "birth stories" are an ancient compendium of legends concerning some 550 previous incarnations of the Buddha. Most famous are the last ten Jatakas, which are retold here in a lively narrative style recreating the world of myth and legend that is such a colourful component of traditional Buddhist culture. The Jataka Tales have been the inspiration for great art throughout Asia for 2000 years, and illustrating the tales retold here are colour photographs representing the best of this artistic heritage.

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"Ten Lives of the Buddha" 2000-05-28
By Jun Alday (Manila, Philippines)
I started to collect Thai paintings long before I picked up a copy of the Ten Lives of the Buddha in 1982. As a serious collector, I try to find whatever available information there is about the subject and this book has provided me with invaluable background in understanding this particular art. The masterpieces reproduced in this book represent the best of this rich and unique artistic heritage. The ten lives of the Buddha are recounted in a lively narrative style that recreates the realms of myth and legend forming a vital part of the culture of the entire Buddhist world. Jataka paintings are not only works of art in their own right but also sermons in line and color. ()


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