[INDOLOGY] New book publication: In the Footprints of the Masters

Julia Hegewald julia.hegewald at uni-bonn.de
Thu Nov 5 16:25:16 UTC 2020

Dear colleagues and friends,

I am delighted to inform you about a new edited book of mine, which focuses on representations of feet, footprints and shoes in Asian, Islamic and Mediterranean art. This has just been published by EB-Verlag in Berlin. It is part of the series 'Studies in Asian Art and Culture' (SAAC). The hard cover book has 956 pages and 420 colour illustrations  (price: EURO 139,-). Please see a brief summary, the table of contents as well as information on how to order the book below. Via the link at the bottom of the mail you can access a flyer introducing the 7 publications on Asian art, published in the SAAC series so far (Go via the SAAC homepage to ‚Catalogue of the Published Volumes of the SAAC Series'). 

In the Footsteps of the Masters:

Footprints, Feet and Shoes as Objects of Veneration in Asian, Islamic and Mediterranean Art

 Julia A. B. Hegewald (ed.)

Book description

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



Chapter 1

Introduction: Footprints, Sculpted Feet and Shoes in the Art of Asia and the Islamic and Mediterranean Worlds

Julia A. B. Hegewald

Chapter 2 

‘Real Presence’ in Liminal Areas: Images of Feet and Footprints in Third Millennium Egypt and their Prehistoric Precursors

Ludwig Morenz, David Sabel and Frank Förster

Chapter 3

‘Footprints’ and Sculpted Feet: Enduring Marks of Human Presence and Divine Epiphany in Classical Antiquity

Ralf Krumeich 

Chapter 4

Wonderful Feet: From the Footprints of Christ to the Sandal of Saint Andrew

Gia Toussaint

Chapter 5

The Paradox of the Foot: Concurrence of Repugnance and Exaltation

Jutta Jain-Neubauer

Chapter 6

The Lotus Feet of Śrīnāthjī: Footprints of Hindu Deities in Indian Jewellery

Nick Barnard

Chapter 7

The Cult of Feet and Footwear in the Liṅgāyat Tradition: Symbology and Peculiarities

Tiziana Lorenzetti

Chapter 8

Foot Stones and Footprints (Pādukās): Multivariate Symbols in Jaina Religious Practice in India

Julia A. B. Hegewald

Chapter 9

Footprints in the Early Buddhist Art of India

Susan L. Huntington

Chapter 10

The Feet of Mañjuśrī in the Kathmandu Valley

Gudrun Bühnemann

Chapter 11

Enlightened Presence: On the Representation of Footprints and Handprints on Tibetan Buddhist Painted Scrolls

Elisabeth Haderer

Chapter 12

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

Oliver Kessler


Chapter 13 <>
Honouring the Buddha’s Feet at Wat Pho, Bangkok

Sarah Shaw


Chapter 14

The Buddha’s Footprints in China

Claudia Wenzel


Chapter 15
Tathāgata, Trace and Indexicality: Foot and Hand Prints in Japan

Ayelet Zohar


Chapter 16

Footprints and Sandals as Relics and Symbols of Veneration in Islamic Cultures

Lorenz Korn

Chapter 17

Relics of the Prophet Muḥammad as Modes of Dissemination and Control During the Mamluk-Ottoman Transition in Egypt

Iman R. Abdulfattah


Chapter 18

The Holy Footprints Across Sindh, Pakistan

Waheeda Baloch


Chapter 19

Footprints in Works by Contemporary Muslim Artists

Karin Adrian von Roques




List of Plates


Notes on Contributors



The publication can be ordered worldwide via the EB-Publishers' shop:
- https://www.ebv-berlin.de/epages/15494902.sf/en_GB/?ViewObjectPath=%2FShops%2F15494902 <https://www.ebv-berlin.de/epages/15494902.sf/en_GB/?ViewObjectPath=/Shops/15494902> (for the English version)
- https://www.ebv-berlin.de/epages/15494902.sf/de_DE/?ViewObjectPath=%2FShops%2F15494902 <https://www.ebv-berlin.de/epages/15494902.sf/de_DE/?ViewObjectPath=/Shops/15494902> (for the German version)
- or by writing to the publishers: post at ebverlag.de <mailto:post at ebverlag.de>

- it is also available via Amazon.de <http://amazon.de/>: https://www.amazon.de/s?k=In+the+footprints+of+the+masters&i=stripbooks&__mk_de_DE=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&ref=nb_sb_noss <https://www.amazon.de/s?k=In+the+footprints+of+the+masters&i=stripbooks&__mk_de_DE=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&ref=nb_sb_noss>

To access the full catalogue of 7 publications in the series, please go to: https://www.ioa.uni-bonn.de/de/inst/aik/forschung/publikationen/studies-in-asian-art-and-culture <https://www.ioa.uni-bonn.de/de/inst/aik/forschung/publikationen/studies-in-asian-art-and-culture>
and click onto the blue link: ‚Catalogue of the Published Volumes of the SAAC Series'

Kind regards,

Julia (Hegewald).

Prof. Dr. Julia A. B. Hegewald
Professor of Oriental Art History
Head of Department
University of Bonn
Institute of Oriental and Asian Studies (IOA)
Department of Asian and Islamic Art History
Adenauerallee 10
53113 Bonn

Email: julia.hegewald at uni-bonn.de
Tel. 0049-228-73 7213
Fax. 0049-228-73 4042

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