Beauty has always been associated with divinity; no wonder dance and sculpture have been fostered by the Hindu temples! They have influenced each other’s growth enriching their common themes and forms. The dancer has always been a delectable source of inspiration for the sculptor. The sculpture, thus created had also been a silent guide to generations of dancers. This is how the two art forms have been in correlation with each other in the process of their mutual refinement. The fundamental principle in dance and sculpture is the filling up of the space based on symmetry. The law of symmetry and proportion plays a vital role in Indian dance.
Seen below is the sculpture of a dancer posing on a pedestal double bordered with lotus petals. Her hair is tied into a top knot and is decorated with heavy ornaments. The background is carved with trees, flowers and fruits that give an arch like appearance over the dancer. It is an 18th century old sculpture in wood from Rajasthan. You’ll find many more wooden sculptures such as this at The Great Eastern Home that has aged gracefully and speaks volumes about the excellent craftsmanship available at that period.
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