is the art
produced on the Indian subcontinent from about the 3rd millennium BC to modern times. To viewers schooled in the Western tradition, Indian art may seem overly ornate and sensuous; appreciation of its refinement comes only gradually, as a rule. Voluptuous feeling is given unusually free expression in Indian culture. A strong sense of design is also characteristic of Indian art and can be observed in its modern as well as in its traditional forms.
The vast scope of the art of India intertwines with the cultural history, religions and philosophies which place art production and patronage in social and cultural contexts.
Indian art can be classified into specific periods each reflecting particular religious, political and cultural developments.
The Indian subcontinent
has the longest continuous legacy of jewellery-making, with a history of over 5,000 years.Untracht, Oppi. Traditional Jewellery of India
. New York: Abrams, 1997 ISBN 0-8109-3886-3. p15. One of the first to start jewellery-making were the peoples of the Indus Valley Civilization
. Early jewellery making in China
started around the same period, but it became widespread with the spread of Buddhism
around 2,000 years ago.
Temple and Sculpture-art
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