The Metaphorical concept of Indian sculpture. Part - 2


Sesame flower.

Nose – The author suggested the sesame flower as a metaphor of the nose. There was another metaphorical idea for this part of the human body related to the beak of parakeet. Such metaphor only relevant for the nose of the wise, talented or the stronger persons. The first one for the God or God-like persons.

Lips – It is tough for me to make out the name in English of that fruit I found in that book as a metaphorical concept of the lower lip because it is a scarlet colored fruit available in a kind of weed creepers in several places in India. The author did not suggest any metaphor for the upper lip but agreeing with the importance of the lower lip; he stated that it is one of the valuable parts of our body to express the several emotions of human mind and defined the color in red. 

Mango seed. Resource - http://mikesbackyardnursery.com

Chin – The metaphorical concept of the chin was the seed of mango. Granting to the author’s view, the middle portion of the chin is slightly crushed which looks similar to the seed of mango. 


Throat – The concept of throat comes from the model of the conch shell. To increase the beauty of throat, the author suggested adding those curved lines of the conch shell in the human throat that are located around the upper portion of that seashell. It was a fantastic and most popular concept of beauty, which we can see in the most of Indian painting and sculptures of that ancient period.


Conch-shell. From my photograph.
Form of cow-face. Resource - https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com

Body – I found this Sanskrit word during the time of reading that book regarding human figure. It is, -  “Gomukhakaram”; what a wonderful metaphor of human figure! The meaning of that Sanskrit term is “Cow-faced”. The human body would be similar to the shape of the face of cow.  The lower portion of the human body will similar to the front portion of the cow face and upper portion of the body will same to the rest of the cow face. It is very near to the English word “V”. 


Damaru. Resource - http://www.boredpanda.com/

Waist – Author found the similarity of this part of the human body with the lion and a kind of Indian Hindu mythological music instrument named “Damaru”; a two-headed drum with a narrow mid-portion. Read in details about this instrument on wikipedia  The author actually indicated that this part should be narrow just like the Damaru or the lion’s waist. 

Bull. Resource - http://i.huffpost.com

Shoulder – The metaphor of the shoulder came from Bull’s Shoulder, however, here author specified that the metaphor would be perfect from the front view of the bull.  In another way, the author suggested the proboscis including the front part of the elephant head. He recommended this metaphor for the female shoulder.    

Hand – Author suggested the creeping plant as the metaphor of female hand. In some ancient poem, I too found a poetic metaphorical description of hand which, indicated the pedicel of lotus which granted by the author.

Five headed snake, Anantnag. Resource - https://i.ytimg.com

Finger – The metaphor of finger came from the bud of Champak flower or legume. The form of legume mainly used for the male finger, however in some places, I found the concept of five headed snake as the metaphor of female finger. Granting to the Hindu mythological description, the five-headed snake is a committed character dedicated to Lord Narayana. Name of that five-headed snake is Anantnag who is also popular by the name – “Sankarshan Dev”. The meaning of Anantnag is – a snake of an endless figure.



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Last updated on - 25.09.2023