BÉNISTI (Monié-Bénisti, née Sarfati)

BÉNISTI (Monié-Bénisti, née Sarfati), Mireille. Algier 10.10.1909 — 11.12. 1993. French Art Historian (Buddhist and Khmer Art). Born in Algeria came early to Paris. Suffered of ill health, but in November 1943 she joined the Comité Français de la Liberation Nationale in Algier, and worked after the war in Ministère de la France d’Outre-Mère. During her leisure studied at École du Louvre under Ph. Stern and obtained her diplom in 1950 with thesis on lotiform medaille. This brought her a study leave, which she used studying Indology under Renou, Filliozat and Mus and obtained the diplom of É.P.H.É. in 1958 with thesis on stūpa. From 1955 worked at C.N.R.S. (maître de recherche 1969), from 1960 Conservateur des Musées Nationaux. In 1959-60 visited India, Sri Lanka and Cambodia. In 1962-63 taught Indian and Khmer archaeology at Uni­ver­sity of Phnom Penh establishing a new subject, in 1967-68 again visited Cambodge and several times India and Sri Lanka. In 1960-67 taught at Ecole de Louvre and from 1967 at Musée Guimet, retired in 19??.

Publications: Le medaillon lotiforme dans la sculpture indienne du IIIe s. av. J.-C. au VIIe s. après J.-C. 45 p. 26 pl. P. 1952.

– “Étude sur le stūpa dans l’Inde Ancienne”, BEFEO 60, 1960; “Les stūpa aux cinq piliers”, 68, 1971, 131-162; 74, 1985, 136-140.

With Ph. Stern: Evolution du style indien d’Amarāvatī. 116 p. ill. P. 1961.

Rapports entre la premier art khmer et l’art indieni. 1-2. P. 1970.

Contribution à l’étude du stūpa bouddhique indien: Les stūpa mineurs de Bodh-Gayā et Ratnagiri. 1-2. 158 p. 170 fig. PEFEO 125. P. 1981.

Further studies on Khmer art: “Recherches sur le premier art khmer”, Arts As. 1968-77; “Notes d’iconographie khmère”, BEFEO 1963-76.

Shorter articles, e.g. in Arts asiatiques, BEFEO and BEI.

Sources: Caillat, JA 282, 1994, 215-218; R.H. Regnier, BEI 10, 1992, 23f.; *Art. As. 49, 1993, 118-120; P.-S. Filliozat, BEFEO 81, 1994, 36-47 (with bibliography and photo).

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