Tree and serpent worship: or Illustrations of mythology and art in India in the first and second centuries after Christ : from the sculptures of the Buddhist topes at Sanchi and Amravati

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James Fergusson intended Tree and Serpent Worship to promote study of the art and architecture of India. A self-taught historian, Fergusson befriended a number of British officers who practiced photography in India. This volume includes numerous tipped-in photographs of monuments and ruins by W.H. Griggs and James S. Waterhouse ('Lt Waterhouse RA'), who eventually became Surveyor-General to the Monumental Photographic Survey of India. Waterhouse took 20 of the book’s images, of the ancient Buddhist monuments in the small village of Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh. W.H. Griggs contributed 36 photographs of sculptural fragments from Amravati. The book's graphic frontispiece depicts the Northern gateway to the Great Stupa at Sanchi, based on one of Waterhouse's photographs. The publication features essays and descriptions of the plates by Fergusson, as well as lithographic illustrations and marbled endpapers.
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