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... excepting a few scattered fragments which are occasionally to be met with
among the artists themselves , nothing but the titles of the works are now
generally known to the learned . Speaking of these treatises , Sir William Jones
expresses it ...
In a series of memorial verses preserved among the artists, are recorded the
names of the authors or titles of the above-mentioned sixty-four treatises. Of these
, thirty-two are called Muc'hya, or principal, and thirty-two Upa or subordinate.
... almost every line of them is not only disfigured by gross errors, perpetuated by
a succession of ignorant transcribers, but the technical terms and memorial
verses with which the whole abounds, are so little understood either by the artists
The second chapter of the Mánasára treats of the qualities of an architect (Silpi
lacshanam); and as preliminary thereto, of the origin of artists of the several kinds
, and which is traced to Viswacarma the heavenly architect. This personage is ...
A whole page after this is employed in enumerating the various sorts of gifts and
donations to be made to the artists on the completion of an edifice , and finally in
denouncing dire misfortunes to those who withhold such presents from them .
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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.