And it is easy to imagine that for every one of the botanical specimens collected from around the state by early Europeans, a floriated
ceramic shard had been planted in its place.
To gain some idea of the book's range one has only to glance at the table of contents: here we find architectural motifs, elements of landscape, geometrical patterns, lotus rhizomes, floriated
scroll work, the treatment of animals in their various aspects, the kirtimukha motif, amorous couples, nagas, garudas, divine flying figures notably gandharvas, apsaras, vidyadharas, dwarves of various types, udaremukhas with a face for a stomach kinnaras (half bird, half human), kiratas (forest dwellers), yaksas including Manibhadra, Purnabhadra, and Kubera, yaksinis.
Granting my admiration for Kauffman's sensitive floriated
and nacreous iridescences, I still waver with regard to the artist's frequent use of a shield- or tureen lid--like symmetry.