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Works on Silpa Sástra are very scarce in this part of the country; and even the few
scattered fragments that can be had are scarcely intelligible to our best educated
pundits, as they are so full of memorial verses and technical terms, that none ...
... with the exception of some topics connected with religious rites, sacrifices, and
astrology, (which occupy indeed a considerable portion of the Silpa Sástra, and
with which we have no immediate concern,) I might, without any exaggeration, ...
I humbly presume, therefore, that until the Silpa Sástra of the Hindús is correctly
illustrated and laid before the public, the question as to whether the art owes its
origin to the one or the other of the two countries must remain problematical.
E S S A Y on The ARCHITECTURE OF THE HINDUS. It is true that the Hindus
were in possession of numerous treatises on architecture, sculpture, &c., which
collectively are called the Silpa Sástra,” but unfortunately few traces of them
Many works of acknowledged antiquity attest the existence of a number of
treatises on Silpa Sástra; and every artist proverbially knows that there have
been thirty-two principal, and as many subordinate works on this subject. In a
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Ram Raz: Essay on the Architecture of the Hindús / by Rám Ráz. - London : Parker, 1834. - xiv, 64 S. : Ill. - (Oriental Translation Fund) Die bibliographische Beschreibung im Haupteintrag ist unzureichend und irreführend.