Temple Tents for Goddesses in Gujarat, India
Paper Type: Art Paper (Matt) | Size: 300 x 230mm
All colour; 379 photographs
ISBN-10: 9383098155 | ISBN-13: 978-93-83098-15-6

 2995 |  90 |  50
  

Temple Tents for Goddesses in Gujarat, India is a monograph on printed and painted canopies and awnings used by some underprivileged groups in Gujarat to erect temporary sacred spaces to perform ceremonies invoking goddesses. The book is based on an exhibition catalogue (in German) the author produced in collaboration with Jyotindra Jain and Haku Shah in 1982 for an exhibition at the Museum Rietberg in Zurich. The first part introduces 52 matano chandarvo textiles that belong to the textile collection of the Museum Rietberg. Production, iconography, function and distribution of these fascinating textiles are discussed in parts 2–7 (plus appendix), supported by photographs which were taken by the author in the late 1960s to 1982.



Eberhard Fischer
Eberhard Fischer
Author

Dr Eberhard Fischer is an art historian and cultural anthropologist. Until recently he was senior director of the Museum Rietberg in Zurich. Since 1965, when he first went to India for a teaching assignment at the National Institute of Design (NID) in Ahmedabad, he has worked continuously in India – from Gujarat to Orissa, from Himachal Pradesh to Kerala. He collaborated with distinguished Indian scholars and artists including Haku Shah, Prof. Jyotindra Jain, Dr Dinanath Pathy, Prof. B. N. Goswamy, Balan Nambiar and Vijay Sharma on joint exhibitions as well as publication projects. He received the Padma Shri in 2012.

Haku Shah
Haku Shah
Author

Haku Shah was the first to explore the printing of temple tent hangings in Ahmedabad in 1962 and owns a well-known collection of such textiles. He has received several awards including Padma Shri in 1989.

Jyotindra Jain
Jyotindra Jain
Author

Jyotindra Jain formerly Director of the National Crafts Museum, was Professor of Arts & Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University and head of Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi. A Visiting Professor at Harvard University, Exhibitions curated by him include Raja Deen Dayal: The Studio Archives (New Delhi, 2010–11); Other Masters of India (Paris, 2010); and Indian Popular Culture: “The Conquest of the World as Picture”, shown in India, Germany, France, Finland, Spain and Japan between 2003 and 2011. He received the Prince Claus Award in 1998.