Symbols & Scripts

The Language of Craft

MAP is delighted to loan artworks to the Indian Heritage Centre for its exhibition ‘Symbols & Scripts’.

7 December, 2017 - 30 June, 2018
Indian Heritage Centre, Singapore

MAP is excited to loan works to the Indian Heritage Centre for their special exhibition, Symbols & Scripts. 

Traditionally made as objects of everyday utility, Indian art and craft objects display the influence of historical, geographical and socio-cultural factors. The range of Indian crafting traditions is astounding due to the prolific plurality of the subcontinent’s regional and sub-regional communities.

The earliest appearance of scripts and symbols in hand crafted objects from India, is dated to about five thousand years ago. Since motifs, patterns and symbols embody in various ways the culture of a people, acting as a repository of their traditions and practices, artisans and craftsmen employ them as tools – combining composition, form and aesthetics to move beyond surface beauty and bestow their objects with deeper meanings and cultural significance. The exhibition seeks to showcase the rich and diverse material heritage of several Indian communities, while emphasising the use of symbolism and scripts, interpreting them both in the Indian tradition as well as in the Singapore Indian context.

 

About the Indian Heritage Centre

The Indian Heritage Centre, under the management of the National Heritage Board and with support from the Indian community, traces the history of the Indian and South Asian communities in the Southeast Asian region. Situated in Little India, Singapore, it offers year-round exhibitions, programmes and activities to promote greater public awareness and appreciation of Indian heritage, arts and culture.

 

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