Symbolism Tour

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Engagement Strategies: Look around you at the clothing you and your friends are wearing. Do you see any symbols on them? (Nike swoosh, tee shirt logos etc.) (if not, ask about fast food and the logos they see on the packaging or something similar that appeals to you.) What do they mean? If you understand the symbols found in art you can read it almost like a book.

Stop 1: Guercinco, Esther

The scepter means authority and the way it is inclined means clemency.

Stop 2: Claesz, Vanitas

Look at the globe: does it look like the globes you see at school? (no) that is because it shows the signs of the zodiac.

Other symbols are the extinguished candle, the skull, and the turned-over-cups.

Stop 3: Egungun Headdress

Birds, Mirrors, Lions are all symbols on this mask.

Stop 4: Vairocona Buddha

This figure contains many symbols which tell us that he is a Buddha (ears, mandorla) and what message from Buddhism we should receive (mudras).

Stop 5: Vishnu as Varaha the Cosmic Bear

Varaha’s size (bigger than all other figures) and strength indicate importance.

Man’s body with head of a boar, symbol of one of the incarnations of Vishnu.


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