BAKTAY, Ervin (Erwin, to 1925 Baktay-Gottesmann). Dunaharaszti 24.6.1890 — Budapest 7.5.1963 (when 73). Hungarian Art Historian. Originally intended to become a painter, he studied under Simon Hollósy, whose brother Joszef was one of the first in Hungary to be interested in Buddhism. In 1926 he went to India for three years, studied Indian art and religion, and sought in Ladakh for traces of Csoma de Kőrös. In 1946-58 Curator of the Indian Section of the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Eastern Asiatic Art in Budapest. In 1956 he spent six months in India in order to collect material for his book. In 1962 visited London lecturing at the S.O.A.S.
Publications: Several books in Hungarian on India, on his travels there, on Indian religions etc.
– in Hungarian: Háromszéktől a Himálajáig. 299 p. Bp. 1942; Hindusztán. 194 p. Bp. n.d.; A Pandzsab. 185 p. Bp. n.d.
– Kőrösi Csoma Sándor. 1962, French transl. Un grand tibétain hongrois. 1983.
– India művészete. Bp. 1963, German transl. by E. Tóth, Die Kunst Indiens. 494 p. 444 ill. Bp. & B. 1963.
– “Recent acquisitions of the Museum of Eastern Asiatic Art in Budapest”, AOHu 1, 1950-51, 191-212 (mostly from India); “Indian Stone Sculpture in the Budapest Museum of Eastern Asiatic Art”, AOHu 3, 1953, 135–165.
Sources: E. Tóth, AOHu 17. 1964, 361; AAHu 9, 1961, 471; works in N.U.C.; List of members of D.M.G. 1926; *Hungarian Wikipedia (English only briefly).