How did kings and kingdoms preserve their heritage through Art?
By Kinjal Trivedi
During the rule of Kings and Queens, the method of communication was very limited.
There were human messengers, written scrolls, word of mouth and Art.
Using Art as a method was used to pass down legendary stories through many many states and countries as well as generations.
Lets learn about how different countries and kingdoms have spread their culture and heritage to far away lands.
One of the prominent permanent structures is the main gate to enter the kingdom and monuments inside. The sheer size of these and inscriptions and symbols have the name of authority lasting generations.
The architecture of each building along with precision was something they boasted about.
Troops of men and women enact certain dramas or plays reflecting the social conditions of what the king wants to influence on the state or the social reforms he intends to bring forward.
This is also used as entertainment and social exercise.
The Kings and Queens had access to the best of Gold and precious and semi precious stones. They were used to adorn their bodies as well as clothes.
Kings and Queens used to give a lot of precious metals and stones to their neighboring kingdoms or far away to build relations. Currency coins were a big way of passing authority throughout the nation with their faces engraved or casted on every coin.
Portraits and Artwork
Kings and Queens had a love for portraits. This was their way of capturing a moment and keeping it with them for generations. Much like how we take a photograph.
They used to invite the best portrait artists to make paintings and commission painters to draw on the walls and ceilings of their palaces stories and glory of the legends.
These are few examples of how we are aware of what happened during those eras.
Next we will visit country wise and understand their Heritage Art in detail.
Some Indian monuments
Portrait of Louis XIV of France
A coin from Mughal Sultanate