Visual Art Paper 1 ,May/June 2012  
Questions: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Main
General Comments


(a)        Define oriental art.
(b)        Outline the characteristics of Indian sculpture.

This is another question that was highly avoided by the candidates. The few candidates that attempted it were able to mention the societies that constitute Oriental art, but they failed in giving the characteristics of Indian sculpture and this resulted in them losing the obtainable marks. Candidates’ responses were expected to reflect some of the following points:
(a)        the artworks of the countries in the far East mainly India, China and Japan.

(b)        -           Indian’s belief in life after death influences the forms of their

-           the works are executed in soft stone (steatite), limestone, wood and bronze.
-           they carve cult statues and huge statues of Buddha.

-           Buddha is often carved seated with legs crossed, hands folded on his laps with his eyes looking downwards.

-           there are some dancing figures of women and gods in stone.

-           bronze is used for popular subjects like Lord of the Dance and Lord of Pity.

-           Buddhist and Hinduist themes dominate.
-           Like Greek and Roman sculpture, nude human figures are very important.

-           the figures are sometimes given several hands, arms, legs or animal heads.

-           figures are always reminiscent of figures in fairy tales.



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