RISA Home Page | RISA Bibliographies

Bibliography on Hindu Iconography


Contributed by Kama Maclean, University of New South Wales


Many thanks for the suggestions for basic readings on Hindu iconography. Below is an assembled list.

Banerjea, J.N. The Development of Hindu Iconography New Delhi : Munshiram Manoharlal, 1974.

Blurton, T. Richard Hindu art, Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1992.

Davis, Richard (ed), 2007. Picturing the Nation: Iconographies of Modern India, Delhi, Orient Longman.

Gopinatha Rao, T. A., Elements of Hindu iconography: New York : Garland Pub., 1981.

Huntington, Susan L. The Art of Ancient India: Buddhist, Hindu, Jain. Boston: Weatherhill, 2001.

Huyler, Stephen, Meeting God: Elements of Hindu Devotion, New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, c1999.

Kajri Jain, Gods in the Bazaar, Duke, 2007.

Mitter, Partha. Indian Art. Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Moore, Albert C. Iconography of Religions: an Introduction, Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1977.

Patel, Sanjay. The Little Book of Hindu Deities from the Goddess of Wealth to the Sacred Cow

Pinney, Christopher. 2004. ‘Photos of the Gods’: the Printed Image and Political Struggle in India, London: Reaktion Books.

Sahai, Bhagwant, Iconography of minor Hindu and Buddhist deities, New Delhi, Abhinav Publications, 1975.

The inventory to the Smith Poster Archive online at



Top of Page | RISA Home Page


Revised: August 27, 2007