Originating in the fourth century or even earlier, the Pancatantra is a collection of fables illustrating the Indian doctrine of statecraft. These entertaining and instructive tales gave rules of conduct to guide princes from an early age to become benevolent rulers. Almost every major museum has some illustrated folios from these manuscripts. Depiction of the fables are also found in Central Asian wall paintings, Indian narrative stone reliefs and in decorative pottery. Included in this volume are lucid essays and outstanding illustrations that will rivet the attention of the reader. The contributors to this unique volume are specialists such as Ernst J. Grube, Francois De Blois, Julian Raby, Eleanor Sims, Manijeh Bayani, Karl Khandalavala and Kalpana Desai.