CONTENT: What do you see?

FORM: The details (what you see more exactly). How the artist delivers the content.

CONTEXT: Everything NOT observable.

FUNCTION: The intended purpose of the work.




UNIT Sheet: below



Unit Sheet
Hindu Concept + Context Sheet


200. Lakshmana Temple

     - relief detail, lion detail

     - temple plan

202. Shiva as Lord of Dance  


199. Angkor, the temple of Angkor Wat

     - the city of Angkor Thom

     - stone masonry

     - south gate of Angkor Thom

     - temple plan

* Churning of the Ocean Milk Relief

* Jayavarman VII as Buddha

APAH 250 Images:


Hindu Philosophies

  • Many different sects of Hinduism

  • Belief in the infinite variety of the divine: nature, gods, humans

  • Orthodox Hindus accept the Vedic (ancient Sanskrit)  texts as divine (sacred scriptures)

  • Vedic texts assign Brahmins (a caste of ritual specialists)

  • Enlightenment, or reaching Nirvana, ends the cycle, through good deeds and living a devotional life to charities, religious fervor, and love of all.

Major Hindu gods

  • Shiva, principal deity, dances to the destruction and rebirth of the world.

  • Brahma, creator god

  • Vishnu, preserver god

  • Laksmi and Parvati, peaceful consorts


A very special thank you to Dr. Robert Coad for his infinite wisdom, amazing workshops, gift of materials and time, and years of support.

Another special thank you to Ms. Marsha Russell for her devotion to teaching and generosity in sharing her materials and knowledge with all of us.

Thank you to Valerie Park for her inspirational AP Art History web site that guided the creation of this site.

And finally, if you choose to use any of the images or information from this site, I ask that you kindly give me credit.  Thank you for visiting!