Legends of Indian snakes

couverture de Manasa

Manasa, the serpent goddess, is an important deity for Indians, so much so that it is not rare to see Indian families consecrate a temple just to her. Exhibited at the musée du quai Branly, her sculpture is the starting point of a trip to India, on the lookout for legends of Indian snakes. Ianna Andréadis recreates a fascinating quasi abstract graphic universe based on Gita Wolf’s texts, in which the greatest Hindu and Buddhist myths on this spirit and forest creature are assembled.

The book is screenprinted and assembled using traditional Indian methods. It is the second publication in a collection in which Ianna Andréadis establishes a link between the pieces in the musée du quai Branly and their country of origin, situated within the four continents: The Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania. The first publication was entitled Aztec Bestiary (co-edited with Petra ediciones, Mexico).


48 pages, 17 cm x 6.69 cm

Printed by craftsmen in India (silkscreen printing)

Cardboard covered silkscreen binding

25 illustrations

Public sale price: 14.90 €

EAN: 9782 357440 10 4

Coedited by the musée du quai Branly – Tara books (India)

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A plastic artist, Ianna Andreadis was born in Athens. Travel and nature are the inspiring forces behind her paintings whereas her photographs draw inspiration from the urban environment. She exhibits her works regularly in Paris. In 2006, she published "Chantier ouvert au public" (A construction site open to the public), a photographical narrative of the construction of the musée du quai Branly and "Bestiaire aztèque" (Aztec bestiary) in 2008. In 2006, Dias/tonaltin, published by Petra Ediciones, received the New horizons award at the young reader’s book fair in Bologna.

Gita Wolf is Indian. The author of a number of books for children, she founded Tara Publications in 1994 and features today amongst the most creative figures in the Indian publication industry. Several of her books have been released in France, including Beasts of India (Actes Sud, 2007), In the dark (Tourbillon, 2004), The Very Hungry Lion (Le Seuil, 2003), Antigone (Milan, 2003)…