Hindu God Shiva Seated Cross Legged On Checkered Cushion Essay

1339 Words Nov 1st, 2015 6 Pages
This wooden votive panel depicts the Hindu god Shiva seated cross legged on checkered cushion and is littered with various religious and cultural symbols. It was found in Dandan-oilik, Khotan during 1907 by Sir Marc Aurel Stein during his second expedition to central Asia. According to the most recent estimates the panel is believed to have been created sometime during the 7th or 8th century. The various symbols also tell a great deal about the origins and influences of the painting. Religious imagery of a Hindu god being found so far north of India shows just how far the Silk Road’s influence stretched and implies that trade on the Silk Road was strongly connected to the spread of Hinduism and other religions in the 7th and 8th centuries. The human-like appearance of Shiva shows how people began to envision their gods in their own image around in various Silk Road cultures. In short, the symbolism, location and artistic choices of this Votive Panel all provide a rich insight into the Silk Road and its various cultures during the 7th and 8th centuries. While this panel was discovered in Khotan its imagery and iconography betray a great deal about the various foreign influences that shaped its creation. The halo obviously implies divine power but it also implies a foreign influence, halos were first depicted in ancient Egyptian and Greek artwork, in the early 13th and 5th centuries BCE respectively, before spreading throughout the Mediterranean. This, combined with the…

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