Assignment 2: Comparing Sculptures of Ancient India and Greece

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Assignment 2: Comparing Sculptures of Ancient India and Greece

Assignment 2: Comparing Sculptures of Ancient India and Greece
Andelle Gregoire
World Cultures I

Overall, Greek and Indian art had many similarities and differences. Even though they lived far away and had different beliefs, their depicted the same topics: Gods and goddesses, animals, royalty, myths, everyday life, and sports. Jewelry wise, they both used a lot of gold, although Indians used more beads and gems. In sculpture, Greeks mostly used stone, and Indians used a variety of materials. Their paintings were also very similar. Architecture was quite different. Greek architecture used the golden ratio, and their buildings were usually made of marble. They
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From the start, among other themes, there are examples of Hindu art’s most abiding image; magnificent young women, nude, full breasted, and often in some strikingly athletic pose. Occasionally these are just female attendants, but more often they are characters of legend.
Ancient Indian sculpture features various elegant designs and themes taken from lifestyle. A characteristic of Indian sculpture is that it is primarily realistic in nature and the human forms appear in it more closely related with the surrounding. Sculpture found in excavated cities consist of small pieces, terra-cotta objects, soapstone, or steatite, seals carved with animals, and a few statuettes of stone and bronze. The terracotta figurines are modeled and provided with elaborate jewelry.
The next golden chapter of Indian sculpture opens in the 3rd century BC, when the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka adopted Buddhism and set out on a mission to spread the teachings of the faith as far and wide as possible. He had 85,000 stupas or dome-shaped monuments constructed with the teachings of Buddhism engraved on rocks and pillars. The inscriptions, which served as edicts can be seen in Buddhist monuments in Gujarat, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. The lion capital of the pillar is not the official emblem of the Indian Republic and the scared wheel of law or the dharmachakra is symbolic of the first sermon that Buddha delivered at Sarnath.
Greece in the classical period makes the

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