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The Art of Southeast Asia.

THE ART OF SOUTHEAST ASIA. Philip Rawson, New York: Thames and Hudson, Inc., 1990. Illustrated, 288 pp., softbound, $11.95.

Remarkable architecture and sculpture from Cambodia, Vietnam, Thai land, Laos, Burma, Java and Bali is featured in this book where almost every one of its 288 pages carries a photograph or drawing. The influence of China and India is apparent in the indigenous art forms of these smaller southeast Asian nations. This is a comprehensive and authoritative overview of artworks that range from massive architectural complexes to tiny bronzes, from well-known wonders of the eastern world, such as Angkor Vat, to a host of less familiar temples, pagodas and shrines.

The author was formerly Director of the Gulbenkian Museum of Oriental Art, and provides a scholarly assessment of the religious and secular expressions of these smaller nations. The many illustrations and moderate price make this a worthwhile acquisition for high school, university and personal libraries.
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Date:Feb 1, 1991
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