Full Title: In the Footsteps of the Masters: Footprints, Feet and Shoes as Objects of Veneration in Asian, Islamic and Mediterranean Art
Editor: Julia A. B. Hegewald (ed.)
Publisher: EB-Verlag Dr. Brandt, 2020
About The Book
Footprints and depictions of feet are amongst the most prevalent religious imagery worldwide. In practically every culture or religion, honour is paid to the imprints or sculptures of feet or to the shoes associated with saintly teachers, enlightened beings or divinities.
This publication presents nineteen specialised chapters by leading international experts. The foot images and shoes studied range from the earliest preserved vestiges from the seventh to the fifth millennium BCE in North Africa to traces from Pharaonic Egypt and Classical Antiquity. Analyses of Hindu, Liṅgāyat and Jaina usages and of Buddhist remnants from the earliest Asian beginnings in India via developments in Nepal, Tibet, Thailand and China to distinct expressions in Japan are complemented by chapters focusing on the Islamic world, drawing evidence from Egypt, Arabia and Pakistan and illustrating continuity in contemporary art works.
The foot images, which show a combination of iconic and symbolic forms, are striking in that they signify both absence and presence, creating a link between enlightened beings and humans.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Footprints, Sculpted Feet and Shoes in the Art of Asia and the Islamic and Mediterranean Worlds (by Julia A. B. Hegewald)
‘Real Presence’ in Liminal Areas: Images of Feet and Footprints in Third Millennium Egypt and their Prehistoric Precursors (by Ludwig Morenz, David Sabel and Frank Förster)
‘Footprints’ and Sculpted Feet: Enduring Marks of Human Presence and Divine Epiphany in Classical Antiquity (by Ralf Krumeich)
Wonderful Feet: From the Footprints of Christ to the Sandal of Saint Andrew (by Gia Toussaint)
The Paradox of the Foot: Concurrence of Repugnance and Exaltation (by Jutta Jain-Neubauer)
The Lotus Feet of Śrīnāthjī: Footprints of Hindu Deities in Indian Jewellery (by Nick Barnard)
The Cult of Feet and Footwear in the Liṅgāyat Tradition: Symbology and Peculiarities (by Tiziana Lorenzetti)
Foot Stones and Footprints (Pādukās): Multivariate Symbols in Jaina Religious Practice in India (by Julia A. B. Hegewald)
Footprints in the Early Buddhist Art of India (by Susan L. Huntington)
The Feet of Mañjuśrī in the Kathmandu Valley (by Gudrun Bühnemann)
Enlightened Presence: On the Representation of Footprints and Handprints on Tibetan Buddhist Painted Scrolls (by Elisabeth Haderer)
Adam’s Peak, Samanaḷa Kanda, Civaṉoḷipāta Malai, Śrī Pādaya: The Question of Being and Metaphysical Footprints on Footstools of Empty Thrones as Archaeological Finds from Sri Lanka (by Oliver Kessler)
Honouring the Buddha’s Feet at Wat Pho, Bangkok (by Sarah Shaw)
The Buddha’s Footprints in China (by Claudia Wenzel)
Tathāgata, Trace and Indexicality: Foot and Hand Prints in Japan (by Ayelet Zohar)
Footprints and Sandals as Relics and Symbols of Veneration in Islamic Cultures (by Lorenz Korn)
Relics of the Prophet Muḥammad as Modes of Dissemination and Control During the Mamluk-Ottoman Transition in Egypt (by Iman R. Abdulfattah)
The Holy Footprints Across Sindh, Pakistan (by Waheeda Baloch)
Footprints in Works by Contemporary Muslim Artists (by Karin Adrian von Roques)
List of Plates
Notes on Contributors
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