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|The Indian civilization is one of the oldest civilizations of the world and the history of Indian art sculpture dates back to the Indus Valley civilization. The sculptures deciphered from this site bears evidence to this fact that Indian art sculpture has the most endearing qualities.The golden era of Indian art sculpture opens during the reign of the Mauryan emperor Ashoka in the third century B.C.The famous Ashokan pillar at Sarnath and the Great Stupa at Sanchi are intricately carved to depict Buddhist legends and lifestyles and also exhibits an unique sensibility which aids us to understand the glory of Indian art sculpture even better. The human form lends to the statues of Buddha by the Mathura and Gandhara schools of art are awe-inspiring in terms of size and magnificence.|
The temples of Khajuraho are popular all over the world for its most erotic art sculptures. The twenty two temples out of the eighty five that survive at present are unparalleled in their grace and beauty. The art sculptures of Khajuraho include almost everything from the Indian deities to warriors, celestial dancers to couples in erotic postures. The sculptures of this temple celebrated Hindu faith ebullient in its love for divinity.
The most profound aspects of Lord Shiva can be traced in the art sculptures of the Elephants caves which present an introduction to some of the most elegantly sculpted temples. The prime attraction of these caves is a twenty foot high bust of the deity, Maheshamurti in a three headed form. The art sculptures of these caves poignantly conveys the oneness of human being and the divine and also surpasses the ambit of human vision to attain a splendor and nobleness that remains unrelieved by time.
Ajanta and Ellora Caves
The magnificent caves of Ajanta and Ellora are adorned with elaborate art sculptures and paintings. The art sculptures of the Ajanta and Ellora caves were created from living rock and given the form of Buddha which reflected calm and serene thoughts. The most imposing and splendid creation of the Ellora caves is the renowned Kailasha temple adorned with numerous elephant statuettes carved out of solid rock to represent the Himalayan abode of Lord Shiva.
The unequalled appraisal of Indian art sculpture in the Western world bears evidence to this fact of the secular character of Indian art sculptures. ‘India Handicraft Store’ presents all the relevant information about Sculpture Art.
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