In recent years, the Dallas Museum of Art has expanded its collection of South Asian art from a small number of Indian temple sculptures to nearly 500 works, including Indian Hindu and Buddhist sculptures, Himalayan Buddhist bronze sculptures and ritual objects, artwork from Southeast Asia, and decorative arts from India's Mughal period. Artworks in the collection have origins from the former Ottoman empire to Java, and architectural pieces suggest the grandeur of buildings in the Indian tradition.
This volume details the cultural and artistic significance of more than 140 featured works, which range from Tibetan thangkas and Indian miniature paintings to stone sculptures and bronzes. Relating these works to one another through interconnecting narratives and cross-references, scholars and curators provide a broad cultural history of the region.
Anne Bromberg is the Cecil and Ida Green Curator of Ancient and Asian Art at the Dallas Museum of Art. Catherine B. Asher is professor of art history at the University of Minnesota. Frederick M. Asher is chair of the department of art history at the University of Minnesota. Robert Warren Clark is coordinator of the Tibetan Language Program at Stanford University. Nancy Tingley is an independent curator of Southeast Asian art.