Spanning eight centuries of Indian art, this brilliantly produced and annotated work introduces the Western reader to the richness of Indian miniature paintings. In an extensive commentary, W. G. Archer discusses the role of the miniature in Indian thought, relates it to Moslem and European paintings, and traces its curious path between extreme realism to total stylization. One hundred examples, fifty in color, embellish this book which both for the information it imparts and the sheer decorative pleasure it extends recommends it not only to serious students of art and orientalia but as a tasteful and rewarding gift selection. This is Vol. IX -- in the Great Masters of the Past series.