Date: 3rd century BCE to first century CE
Themes: Sacred Spaces
Buddhist religious mound, pole represents axis of universe
Dancing Shiva Badami
Date: Late 6th Century
Themes: Distortion of the Human Form, Religious
Shiva has 18 arms to show how he is above humans. He is dancing the cosmic dance.
Jahangir Preferring a Sufi Shayk to Kings
Themes: Power and Authority, Symbolism, Artist Self-Portrait Insert
Jahangir is above an hourglass= above time. He chooses a religious leader over a king. Also, Bichitr includes a self-portrait.
Taj Mahal, Agra
Themes: Funerary, possibly Love (but don't use that!)
The lack of visible stairs and the portals provide the appearance of floating, resembling a ladder to Paradise.
On a Mountain Path in Spring
A: Ma Yuan
Date: Early 13th Century
Themes: Text in Image, Nature in Art
A poem is added to point out the quiet of the individual in nature.
Man in a House Beneath a Cliff
Date: Late 17th Century
Themes: Radical Departures- seen as one of the first modernists
Evening Bell at the Clock
A: Suzuki Harunobu
Date: Edo Period
Themes: Genre Scenes, Multiple Series, Prints
Ukiyo-e style, and nishiki-e utilized in this Edo period print.
A: Hasegawa Tohaku
Date: Late 16th Century
The pines are fading into the forest, showing a misty quality more important than realism.
Waist Pendant of a Queen Mother
Themes: Power and Authority, Symbolism
The heads around the mask symbolize the Benin people's loyalty to the god of the sea and to the Portuguese traders.
A: Master of the Symbolic Execution
Themes: Death, Unity of Cultures
African executioner above, Portuguese people below.
Dogon Seated Couple
Themes: Human Form, Human Relationships
This showed that Dogon men and women were equal and independent in a relationship.
Great Mosque at Djenne
Date: 13th century
Themes: Sacred Spaces
Incorporates Middle Eastern plan with African influences
Krishna and Radha in a Pavilion
Themes: Love and Sexuality, Religious, Symbolism
Lightning symbolizes sexual excitement.
Yuan Temple Vase
Themes: Technological Advances, Animals, Religious
New ceramic form of porcelain. Dragon and Phoenix may represent yang and yin.
Rent Collection Courtyard
Themes: Political Art
Uses gathering of people with landlord to represent life before the People's Republic of China.
Night Attack on the Sanjo Palace
Date: 13th Century- Japanese Kamakura Period
Themes: War and Violence, Historical Narrative, Multiple Series
Violent brushstrokes were utilized to tell the story of this civil war.
Maya Ball Player
Date: 700-900 CE
Themes: Satire and Comedy, Funerary
Although the figure looks cartoonish, it was buried in a Maya tomb.
A: Sen No Rikyu
Date: 1582- Japanese Momoyama Period
Themes: Landmark in Architecture
The new ideas of solitary tea gatherings, separate from the everyday bustles of life, were represented in this teahouse.
Portrait Statue of the Priest Shunjobo Chogen
Date: Early 13th Century- Japanese Kamakura Period
Veristic portrait shows that this priest gained much respect.
Tale of Genji
(Genji Visits Murasaki)
Date: Early to Mid 12th Century- Japanese Heian Period
Themes: Narrative, Love
One of Japan's great literary classics, it shows the flat two-dimensional style and the symbolism of fading of love.