Art of China write up- meaning behind art

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Art Historians have debated for decades the meaning of scenes carved during the Pallava period into a cliff at Mamallapuram in Southern India. Do these Figures carved during the seventh century, allude to penance the warrior Arjuna undertakes in order to gain a supreme weapon or to the mythical king Bhagiratha’s successful efforts to bring the celestial river Ganga (Ganges) to earth? Posed as exclusive alternatives, neither argument has won universal acceptance. My Purpose in this article is to pursue the suggestion advanced briefly by Michael Lockwood and Susan Huntington: that the relief means to tell both of these stories. I believe that, along with these two narratives, audiences were meant to perceive in this frieze a collection of metaphors, comic allusions, and political promises and that these multiple elements do more than coexist peacefully. Thus, I am arguing that Mikhail Bakhtin’s ideas about dialogue, voicing, and humor have direct relevance to this piece of early Indian sculpture, despite the many kinds of distance that separate this relief from the European literature Bakhtin discusses.
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  • Fall '13
  • SueZitterbart
  • Vishnu, Ganges, Pallava, Siva

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