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Posted 1/18/08
ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS.
i love Asian art!
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could care less since looking at pictures doesn't entertain me
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Posted 1/18/08
Those pictures are pretty neat. ^^
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love it,, but i like the drowing the most,,
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mikomiko123 wrote:

The Legendary Taj Mahal! Truly Artistic!

~ Please do NOT forget that Asia isnt only japanese, korean or chinese. But, I do not think art can be specified into any race. Art is art itself. But I do agree that art created from Asia by an Asian is original, unique, and a resplendent because probably as n_n said, their backgrounds and experiences have the effect to form such exquisite piece.
~ Art also has many sections and etc. i.e. Architecture, Visual Arts, Cultural Art, Theatrical Arts, and etc.


Thats not Asian art, practically every country has thought of the reflection with the lakes, etc.


I was never talking about the lake reflection. I was talking about the architecture and location of Taj Mahal. It was exquisitely made. The Taj Mahal is an amazing piece of art!

~ The Taj Mahal incorporates and expands on design traditions of Persian and earlier Mughal architecture. Specific inspiration came from successful Timurid and Mughal buildings including the Gur-e Amir (the tomb of Timur, progenitor of the Mughal dynasty, in Samarkand),Humayun's Tomb, Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb (sometimes called the Baby Taj), and Shah Jahan's own Jama Masjid in Delhi. While earlier Mughal buildings were primarily constructed of red sandstone, Shah Jahan promoted use of white marble inlaid with semi-precious stones and buildings under his patronage reached new levels of refinement.





~ The exterior decorations of Taj Mahal are among the finest to be found in Mughal architecture. As the surface area changes, a large pishtaq has more area than a smaller, the decorations are refined proportionally. The decorative elements were created by applying paint or stucco, or by stone inlays or by carvings. In line with the Islamic prohibition of the use of anthropomorphic forms, the decorative elements can be grouped into either calligraphy, abstract forms or vegetative motifs.

The calligraphy found in Taj Mahal are of florid thuluth script, created by Persian calligrapher, Amanat Khan, who signed several of the panels. The calligraphy is made by jasper inlaid in white marble panels and the work found on the marble cenotaphs in the tomb is extremely detailed and delicate. Higher panels are written slightly larger to reduce skewing effect from viewing below. Throughout the complex, passages from the Qur'an are used as decorative elements. Recent scholarship suggests that Amanat Khan chose the passages as well. The texts refer to themes of judgment and include: Surah 91 - The Sun, Surah 112 - The Purity of Faith, Surah 89 - Daybreak, Surah 93 - Morning Light, Surah 95 - The Fig, Surah 94 - The Solace, Surah 36 - Ya Sin, Surah 81 - The Folding Up, Surah 82 - The Cleaving Asunder, Surah 84 - The Rending Asunder, Surah 98 - The Evidence, Surah 67 - Dominion, Surah 48 - Victory, Surah 77 - Those Sent Forth and Surah 39 - The Crowds. As one enters through Taj Mahal Gate, the calligraphy reads "O Soul, thou art at rest. Return to the Lord at peace with Him, and He at peace with you."

Abstract forms are used especially in plinth, minarets, gateway, mosque, jawab, and to a lesser extent, on the surfaces of the tomb. The domes and vaults of sandstone buildings are worked with tracery of incised painting to create elaborate geometric forms. On most joining areas, herringbone inlays define the space between adjoining elements. White inlays are used in sandstone buildings and dark or black inlays on the white marbles. Mortared areas of marble buildings have been stained or painted dark and thus creating a geometric patterns of considerable complexity. Floors and walkways use contrasting tiles or blocks in tessellation patterns.

Vegetative motifs are found at the lower walls of the tomb. They are white marble dados that have been sculpted with realistic bas relief depictions of flowers and vines. The marble has been polished to emphasise exquisite detailing of these carvings. The dado frames and archway spandrels have been decorated with pietra dura inlays of highly stylised, almost geometric vines, flowers and fruits. The inlay stones are yellow marble, jasper and jade, leveled and polished to the surface of the walls.




~ The interior chamber of Taj Mahal steps far beyond traditional decorative elements. Here the inlay work is not pietra dura, but lapidary of precious and semiprecious gemstones. The inner chamber is an octagon with the design allowing for entry from each face, though, only the south garden-facing door is used. The interior walls are about 25 metre high and topped by a "false" interior dome decorated with a sun motif. Eight pishtaq arches define the space at ground level. As with the exterior, each lower pishtaq is crowned by a second pishtaq about midway up the wall. The four central upper arches form balconies or viewing areas and each balcony's exterior window has an intricate screen or jali cut from marble. In addition to the light from the balcony screens, light enters through roof openings covered by chattris at the corners. Each chamber wall has been highly decorated with dado bas relief, intricate lapidary inlay and refined calligraphy panels, reflecting in miniature detail of the design elements seen throughout the exterior of the complex. The octagonal marble screen or jali which borders the cenotaphs is made from eight marble panels. Each panel has been carved through with intricate piercework. The remaining surfaces have been inlaid with semiprecious stones in extremely delicate detail, forming twining vines, fruits and flowers.

Muslim tradition forbids elaborate decoration of graves and hence Mumtaz and Shah Jahan are laid in a relatively plain crypt beneath the inner chamber with faces turned right and towards Mecca. Mumtaz Mahal's cenotaph is placed at the precise center of the inner chamber with a rectangular marble base of 1.5 metre by 2.5 metre. Both the base and casket are elaborately inlaid with precious and semiprecious gems. Calligraphic inscriptions on the casket identify and praise Mumtaz. On the lid of the casket is a raised rectangular lozenge meant to suggest a writing tablet. Shah Jahan's cenotaph is beside Mumtaz's to the western side. It is the only visible asymmetric element in the entire complex. His cenotaph is bigger than his wife's, but reflects the same elements: A larger casket on slightly taller base, again decorated with astonishing precision with lapidary and calligraphy that identifies Shah Jahan. On the lid of this casket is a traditional sculpture of a small pen box. The pen box and writing tablet were traditional Mughal funerary icons decorating men's and women's caskets respectively. Ninety Nine Names of God are to be found as calligraphic inscriptions on the sides of the actual tomb of Mumtaz Mahal, in the crypt including "O Noble, O Magnificent, O Majestic, O Unique, O Eternal, O Glorious... ". The tomb of Shah Jahan bears a calligraphic inscription that reads; "He traveled from this world to the banquet-hall of Eternity on the night of the twenty-sixth of the month of Rajab, in the year 1076 Hijri."
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It's amazing! Check these out! Its Islamic Art





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RubricksCube wrote:
You're kidding right, do you expect people on Crunchyroll to bother to read all that?
Have you even read it yourself?
Can't you cut it into a shorter summary rather then just copy and paste crap from the internet?


^^ Yeah, I did (Scan Read) lolz. And I summarized it too:


I was never talking about the lake reflection. I was talking about the architecture and location of Taj Mahal. It was exquisitely made. The Taj Mahal is an amazing piece of art!


If you want more. Simply, Taj Mahal itself is art. There is a thing Ive heard, about something to glow during the night. Not sure. Anyways, I thought everyone knew Taj Mahal was artistic. Anyways. Thanks for your correspondence.
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Your_Typical_Friend wrote:

art is art. art can not be specified into a race


art is art only the inspiration is different and that is what make people favor art from one place to another.
If you are interested in the asian culture, it is no wonder if you like asian art. i love everything about asian, so to me asian art is the best out there, and moreover i am asian
Posted 1/18/08
i think they are awesome arts!~
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Posted 1/18/08
Almost everything is art, that is, if you consider it Art.
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Posted 1/18/08
that's pretty cool
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ehh hmm i hope i didn't pissed you guys off or anything by saying OMG OMG OMG cuz i just said that to say wow o_o
besize i'm asain too
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Posted 1/21/08
Wow the first picture was really great..

Asian Art rocks!
Posted 1/21/08
its just art.. it looks normal..o.o =] but its nice* xd
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Posted 1/24/08
how can you categorize art by race, thats fricken retarted, you can only categorize it by the style they make it. just because it may be different because of their experiences and influences to make the art doesnt mean that its created by the race of the artist.
and that japanese one freaks the fuck out of me
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