Dr Fiona Buckee
Honorary Research Fellow
Fiona Buckee is a specialist in Indian temple architecture. Her recent research has focussed on the temples of Mundeshvari hill, an important Shaivite site near Bhabua in southwest Bihar. She is currently writing her second article about Mundeshvari which provides an account and analysis of the sixth and seventh century architectural fragments from the hilltop, offering preliminary suggestions and drawings of what the temples that they came from may have looked like.
In addition, she is working on a book with the provisional title 'The Anatomy of a Latina Temple' which is intended to be a clear but comprehensive introduction to North Indian temple architecture. Another research interest concerns the corollaries that can be drawn between the development of temple architecture and theories of the evolution of language, particularly in relation to the eclectic designs of post-fifteenth century North Indian shrines that blend features from both early Nagara and Indo-Islamic architecture.
Fiona is passionate about Indian sculpture and architecture, and has over 17 years of experience teaching about a broad range of Indian art subjects at graduate and postgraduate levels at institutions including SOAS University, the British Museum and the V&A.