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From Divinity to Decoration: The Journey of Lotus Symbol in the Art of Subcontinent
The importance of symbols in the art of Subcontinent is well-established in literature. As we move across cultural connotation of a symbol there is an intriguing shift depending upon the aesthetic use of the symbol. The paper focuses on the journey of lotus symbol in the art of Subcontinent. It maintains that the symbol has been used in the Subcontinent in two principal ways. One set of representations is loaded with spiritual connotations exemplified in Hindu and Buddhist architecture and sculpture. The other use is decorative and appears along with the arrival of the Muslims in the Subcontinent. In both cases there is a similarity in appearance but there is a clear difference in connotation that is endorsed by its position as an architectural element. The study highlights an important transition of a symbol in the art of Subcontinent through providing examples from the ancient, medieval and recent past.
Dr. Naela Aamir
College of Art and Design, Allam Iqbal Campus, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Dr. Aqsa Malik
College of Art & Design, Allam Iqbal Campus, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan