History & Civilization

Bronze drums of South-East Asia

 Bronze appeared to be an outstanding material for drums, adding more sonority to their wooden predecessors and receiving all types of decoration : profane or sacred, giving them "solidity"if not "eternity"...

 The "beauty" of bronze drums and their "high value" bestowed prestige to their owners, put in their tombs for an afterlife...

 Dr. Jacques de Guerny visited major parts of South-East Asia before producing this original work with numerous photos. The bronze drums story, covering more than two and a half millennia, is undoubtedly part of our human heritage.

English Version, from French book, to be published soon. (186 pages)

Buddhapāda - Following the Buddha's footprints

The Buddhapâda is one of the most enigmatic artistic icons that has developped from the Buddhist faith. Literally "foot (or feet) of the Buddha", its most common manifestation is that of footprint, rendered in three dimensions in stone or metal, or less commonly on cloth or paper. Often replete with complex symbolism, they servze both as a tool of instruction on the underlying concepts of Buddhism, and as a timeless reminder to the faithful of the Buddha's presence and power. The author traces the evolution of this pinnacle of early Buddhist art from its origins in north India over two millennia ago, through its long migration in time and space, to its present prominence throughout Buddhist Asia. Documenting many fine examples along the way, the author completes this pan-Asian survey of the Buddhapâda with fascinating anecdotes of the monks, pilgrims and laymen encountered in his odyssey.                            (Ed.Orchid press Bangkok - 2014 - 206 pages)  Buy