Lives of Indian Images by Richard H. Davis

Aarti Kawlra


In the review of Lives of Indian Images, by Rich H. Davis, Kawlra looks at how the book presents individual biographies of seven prominent artistic and religious objects and sites. The author shows how Davis seeks to go beyond the ‘cult’ value and ‘exhibition’ value of art to discover the multiple ways in which visual art can be integrated meaningfully by the particular set of people viewing it. Particular art objects have reinvented themselves with each viewing at a different place, and Davis employs anthropology to both art and history to explain his premise.

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