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Lecture 1

2 pages39 viewsWinter 2011

Art History
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Professor Durriyappah

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Week 1
Sindhu Valley Sites, Early Religious thought and Image Production
Deheja pg. 4 - 38
-Three Rivers: Himalayas, Sindhu and Indus - (from which the word “Indiais derived)
-three religion: hindu, Jain and Buddhism in South Asia
-Sikhism: outcome of the hindu-muslim conflict
-India- pre-modern history
Indus civilization
-brick cities
-stone medium monuments
-earliest artistic remains
-town planning
-writing system
-annual flooding - they took advantage of the river system and created a
very efficient transport and trade facilities. (flora and fauna of the region)
-The great bath of mohenjadaro
-good drainage system
-art and craft - pottery
-heavy jewelry
-big eyes
-big breast
-female bodies considered auspicious
- stone sculptures:
-Sculpture: Bust of the priest king
-material: white steatite steals
-sculpture: figure of dancing girl
-material: Bronze
-Sculpture: Mohenjadaro - big breasts, flat body
-material: Terracotta
-Indus Seals
-Shiva in his beast form
-yogi posture
-head-dress with curves horns
- materials: red sand stone, bronze
Heighten religious experience
-before there ere not much recorded history, the Mughal period first introduced proper
record keeping of history
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