Art and Imagination


The Indian Cult of Ecstasy

  1. Philip Rawson
  • ISBN 9780500810484
  • 21.00 x 15.00 cm
  • Paperback with flaps
  • 128pp
  • 186 Illustrations, 37 in colour
  • First published 2012
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How does time function? What is ecstasy? What is illusion?

Tantra is a set of beliefs and practices that originated in India, and combines eroticism, magic and metaphysics. The extraordinary visual imagery of Tantrik wisdom, often misunderstood, is clearly explained here, revealing the most essential patterns of human symbolic expression.

Tantra sample spread

Philip Rawson was Keeper of the Gulbenkian Museum of Oriental Art at the University of Durham. He was also an artist, teacher and author of many books. He curated several exhibitions including the acclaimed Tantra exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, London.

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