We are pleased to announce the publication of the following book:
The Creative South: Buddhist and Hindu Art in Medieval Maritime Asia. Vol. 1. Edited by Andrea Acri and Peter Sharrock. Singapore: ISEAS, April 2022 (in collaboration with Alphawood Foundation, Chicago, and SAAAP/SOAS, University of London). 375p., SGD53.39.
Abstract: The volume reconsiders the creative contribution of the littoral and insular regions of Maritime Asia to shaping new paradigms in the Buddhist and Hindu art and architecture of the medieval Asian world. Far from being a mere southern conduit for the maritime circulation of Indic religions, in the period from ca. the 7th to the 14th century those regions transformed across mainland and island polities the rituals, icons, and architecture that embodied these religious insights with a dynamism that often eclipsed the established cultural centres in Northern India, Central Asia, and mainland China. This collective body of work brings together new research aiming to recalibrate the importance of these innovations in art and architecture, thereby highlighting the cultural creativity of the monsoon-influenced Southern rim of the Asian landmass.