|Symbolism in Indian Art
The parts of the body should resemble, and be based on, similes drawn from plant or animal-life.
Sensuous lips are ripe and full like the bimba-fruit; fingers likened to lotus-petals. Here the allusion is not to the form but to the content, to the mood. It is a suggestion and not realistic likeness.
Bodhisattva Padma-pani's divine face has the shape of an egg. His shoulders are like massive domed head of an elephant, and arms like its tapered trunk. His hands are supple like a flower-bud.
|Body postures (sthana-s)
In Indian tradition the postures of the body, were identified and distinct terms were used to cover the entire range.
Drawings with a free flowing sweep of the brush to depict oval faces, arched eyebrows, aquiline noses, and fine sensitive lips are aplenty on the walls of Ajanta.
A relaxed monkey, consisting basically of one masterly sweep of brush starting beneath chin and forming a curve outlining head and spine and terminating beneath knee-cap.