Very Good in Very Good jacket. Jacket is rubbed, minor shelf wear, binding tight, jacket flap has an address label affixed to it, pages lightly age-toned. Within the region in India known as Rajasthan lies Shekhavati, and in Shekhavati lies the empty forts of the Rajputs-the once powerful warrior caste-and the huge, painted mansions of merchant families who have long since departed to the cities, leaving their beautiful frescoed houses to the ravages of time. This beautiful book of the frescoes from that region, is a testimony to Shekhavati, to the past prosperity of a society which once proudly displayed its vitality by elaborately decorating courtyards, walls and ceilings with a pictorial record of its customs, beliefs, mythology and history. Portraits, war scenes, religious ceremonies and floral designs cover practically every inch of the houses of the Rajput warriors and mercantile classes, revealing far more clearly than words the history of the people of Shekhavati from Mughal times through the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, until the influence of the British, with their customs and new technology, began to dominate. This celebration of Shekhavati is not, however confined to school history: it is also a tribute to Indian fresco painters, whose work is stunningly beautiful, and a unique record of decorative skill now almost forgotten. 110 Color illustrations, 13 Black & White Illustrations, 120 pages.
Very Good in Good jacket. 4to. 119pp, bibliography, glossary, chronology, 93 col plates, soem other bw & col ills. Or black cloth in jacket. Foxing to page edges. Several short tears to jacket edges. Fresco paintings on the walls of the forts of the Rajputs at Shekhavati in the Rajasthan region.
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