Digital Rare Book:
Manifestations of Shiva
By Stella Kramrisch
Published by The Philadelphia Museum of Art - 1981
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This exhibition, "Manifestations of Shiva," is planned as a tribute to India, to its long civilization, and to its religions, by focusing upon a major Hindu god, Shiva, who as Lord of the Dance is the god of creativity. Shiva is ineffable, infinite, and eternal, but does reveal himself to man in an extraordinary variety of concrete manifestations in the sculpture and painting of over two thousand years to which the exhibition is dedicated. We hope it will bring all of us closer to understanding the religious and intellectual life of India.
The concept of the exhibition has been that of Stella Kramrisch, Curator of Indian Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She has also been responsible for the realization of the exhibition in the selection of the works, their installation, and the writing of this catalogue. She has even encouraged the film maker, Malcolm Leigh, throughout the evolution of the film Manifestations of Shiva, and guided a former student, Joseph M. Dye, in his writing of a supplemental publication for the exhibition, Ways to Shiva. Her exploration of the meaning of Shiva and the development of that meaning over time has led her to an examination of sources for the myths of the god in a major volume, The Presence of Siva, which Princeton University Press is publishing in conjunction with the exhibition. The book, the exhibition, and this catalogue should be as important for their contributions to the knowledge of Indian art as the formidable list of Dr. Kramrisch'sother publications, which include her renowned study The Hindu Temple.