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krisna8Indian art symbols and motifs stem from the inner life of the people and express the truths of the Hindi philosophy. Hence in order to comprehend the true meaning and significance of the art work, one should have a fair knowledge of the abstract conceptions of the philosophical doctrines of the Hindus.

Ancient Indian art reveals a lot of ancient philosophical and metaphysical tenets of Vedic and Upanishad origin. This is evident from the existence of the Trident symbols on the top of the gateways of Stupahs at Sanchi. Symbols such as the tree of life, Bodhi tree, the wheel, the trident, the lotus throne, the fiery pillar have been used since the Vedic times. Symbolism is just inseparable from Indian art. The images that are depicted in Indian art are thoughts rather than a plain imitation of the person or an object. The symbolic footprints, the tree and the wheel are the natural links of these thoughts that are expressed in the paintings.

Some of the images of the Indian art have physical emblems or signs which are of astrological origin. The images of Buddha, Vishnu, Surya, Shiva and other deities are places along with these astronomical signs and symbols.

The tradition of the decorative art of India from which the craftsmen drew their inspiration had been nurtured by the Hindus for many centuries in the pre Buddhist era. The fundamental and the formal technique employed in the oldest sculptures show the transformation of carvings from wood to ivory to stone.

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