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The volume, richly illustrated in colour, is a brilliant new study on Indian arms history and material culture. Taking as a starting point the Tanjore Palace armoury in South India, the study covers a long period from 1400 to 1865. The weapons illustrated are beautifully decorated with symbols which invited the king and his warriors to fight for the preservation of the ideal Hindu state. Hindu kings and warriors, infect, were born into a caste that existed to fight, and to die honourably in battle was their ambition. Hindu Arms and Ritual is important to anyone interested in the history, culture and anthropology of India and is an essential reference for arms historians of the Middle East and Asia. 30,20X25 cm. 312 pp. 210 colour illustrations and other b/w illustrations. HC. English text.