Current Location:
Building B (MAK) -> 4th Floor - Building B (MAK)
Location Notes:
MAK; 4th fl., Rm. B-4-105

The Art of India ➔ Lord Shiva With Folded Hands In Worship Mode

Artist Unknown
GVSU Collection
Vegetable Dye on Paper
Artworks - Height: 22 in Width: 7.5 in
Gray female figure with four arms and red hands, kneeling on ground. Very symmetrical with orange border.
Historical Context:
India has 35 states and union territories spread out over a vast country and each area has it's own distinct traditions and cultural identities. Each region has it's own style of art known as folk art. The folk art of India is colorful and speaks volumes about the history and culture of the region. In the Shiva tradition of Hinduism, Shiva is the supreme God.

Wikipedia Summary:

Indian Art consists of a variety of art forms, including plastic arts (e.g., pottery and sculpture), visual arts (e.g., cave paintings), and textile arts (e.g., woven silk). Geographically, it spans the entire Indian subcontinent, including what is now India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. A strong sense of design is characteristic of Indian art and can be observed in its modern and traditional forms.

The origin of Indian art can be traced to pre-historic Hominid settlements in the 3rd millennium BC. On its way to modern times, Indian art has had cultural influences (e.g., Indus Valley and Hellenistic), as well as religious influences such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam. In spite of this complex mixture of religious traditions, generally the prevailing artistic style at any time and place has been shared by the major religious groups.

In historic art, sculpture in stone and metal, mainly religious, has survived the Indian climate better than other media, and provides most of the best remains. Many of the most important ancient finds that are not in carved stone come from surrounding, drier regions rather than India itself. Indian funeral and philosophic traditions exclude grave goods, which are a main source of ancient art in other cultures.
Getty Art and Architecture Thesaurus Terms:
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vegetable dye