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Numbers Their Iconographic Consideration in Buddhist & Hindu Practices
By: Fredrick W. Bunce

Numbers Their Iconographic Consideration in Buddhist & Hindu Practices

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Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 8124602018
Publication Date: 2007

Product Code: 15555

In his effort to find an explanation for the unknown, the mysterious around him, the ancient man saw in "numbers", among other things, a high significance. And frequently used them to explain the ineffable or even predict through "numerology". Astrology became a parallel, interwoven science - which, like numerology, was used to predict the future and also to determine propitious times for venturing upon an important activity; be it the naming of a child, marriage, or construction of building.

Number, in fact, have always held a strong fascination for all various cultures of Asia. Considered to inhere both mystic and iconic significance in the Hindu and Buddhist worlds, their importance was emphasized in celebrated architectural treatises, like the Manasara and the Mayamata and they, (together with other complex procedures), were invariable utilized by the priest-architect (the sthapati) in the planning, design and construction of temple and other buildings. Not only the numbers, but even the geometric forms (like the circle, square or rectangle) came to have numerological and, consequently, iconographic importance in these cultures.

Yet another fascinating work from an internationally known scholar of Oriental Art, the book highlights the true iconographic import of number/numerology in Hindu and Buddhist practices - bringing out, in detail, the unique properties of each iconographically significant number: ranged between 'one' (1) and 'one thousand twenty four' (1024). Professor Bunce here perceives 'numerology' not as an academic proposition concerned with the ethos of numbers and the genesis of their importance within the Hindu and Buddhist art, particularly architecture.

A useful read for the scholar of iconography.

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