Book

Nepal Mandala

Nov 30, 2017 |

”IN PRESENTING A BRILLIANTLY CONCEIVED AND FRESH INTERPRETATION OF NEPALESE ART AND HISTORY, MARY SLUSSER REEVALUATES AND CORRECTS OLD SOURCES, PROVIDES A WEALTH OF NEW MATERIAL, AND SHOWS CLEARLY WHERE ADDITIONAL RESEARCH WILL BE MOST REWARDING.”
— John T. Hitchcock , University of Wisconsin

In these volumes Mary Slusser has documented and illustrated the origins and evolution of the remarkable Nepalese civilization that evolved in the Kathmandu Valley — known for much of its long history as “Nepal Mandala.”

The author’s narrative, 600 plates, 29 ?gures, and 9 detailed color maps grew out of more than a decade of research.

She studied and photographed the sculptures and shrines, mapped the old cities and traced their longfallen walls, attended festivals, and collected legends and folklore. Because of religious conservatism she could not excavate, but thanks to centuries of isolation that ended only in 1951, “surface archaeology” proved a very rewarding substitute.

Equally rewarding were Nepali language sources, impeccable studies heretofore neglected by Western scholars. Using them, it was possible to bring to light a political history that agreed with what art and anthropology revealed - a cultural continuum at variance with the political history familiar in Western languages. Dr. Slusser’s meticulously researched work represents the ?rst comprehensive interpretation of the cultural history of the Kathmandu Valley since Sylvain Levi’s seminal study almost a century ago. Mary Shepherd Slusser holds a doctorate in anthropology and archaeology from Columbia University.

This is not a Book Review; this is just an effort to conveying information to the readers on rare and valuable books on art and architecture. This column aims to give a helicopter view on such books and thus presents the excerpts and illustrations either from the preface, introduction, jacket or main contents of the book from the shelf. This book was kindly provided by Mandala Book Point, Kantipath, Kathmandu (Tel. 4227711).


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