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Indian Art

Body Language: Different poses and hand gestures hold special meanings. Look at Shiva in Fact 2 and mimic the pose. Working in a group think about what message Shiva might be trying to reveal. What do you see that makes you say that? Next, brainstorm different emotions that can be expressed through body language. Write each emotion down on a slip of paper and take turns picking a slip and striking a pose to express the different emotions.  

Patterns and Adornment: Indian gods and spiritual figures, like members of Indian royalty, wore an abundance of jewelry to show their status and power. Look carefully at the figures in Facts 1 and 2. What different types of jewelry do they wear? Where do you see different adornment? Next, review close-ups of patterns in Art Collector by clicking here.Using similar patterns, design an item of jewelry that you would like to wear to show your importance.  

Exploring Hinduism: Learn more about Hinduism and Hindu art at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts with "World Religions in Art" at  

Indian Art Collection: View a collection of the images featured in "Indian Art" using Art Collector.  

Art by the Book: Hindu and Buddhist religious texts describe exactly how a god or goddess should appear in art--for example, the shape of their eyes and mouth, how they stand or sit, what objects they hold. Artists must follow these instructions exactly or the images will not function for their ritual purpose. Choose a work of art from the images in this unit and write a description that someone else could use to create a similar work of art. Trade your description with someone who chose another work of art and try make a drawing based on the description. How does it compare to the original image?  

January 2004