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Art and Architecture of India to 1500

ARHA 285
Fall 2007
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: EAST 285
Course Cluster: Southern Asia Studies

This course is an introduction to the artistic and architectural traditions of the Indian subcontinent from prehistory to 1500, through a series of thematically-focused units arranged in broadly chronological order. In each unit, we will consider a different body of artworks, monuments, and material cultural objects of major significance within the South Asian tradition and will use them as a means of understanding the historical development of Indian society, religion, and politics. The four units of the course examine: the early historic interaction between Vedic Aryan and Dravidian cultures and the resulting emergence of a distinct south Asian tradition; the development of narrative and iconic sculpture and its purposes within the context of the Buddhist cult of relics; the relationship between architecture and community in the Buddhist cave-monasteries of the western Deccan (focusing in particular on ritual and patronage); and the theology, iconography, and politics of the Hindu image and temple cult.

Essential Capabilities: Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ART
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ARCP-MN)(ARCP)(ARHA-MN)(ARHA)(ARST)(CEAS-MN)(GSAS)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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