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Deepa and Diya - Life Imitating Art

Submitted by afrocentric on Fri, 28/08/2015 - 00:10

Every now and then you see a living person who looks just like the people depicted in ancient art, and I find it so quaint, even when the art appears stylized. I said appears because there was an occasion when I chanced across two Indian women who looked so much like figures from some Indian art styles it was uncanny. If I had greater presence of mind I would have paused to exchange a few words with them. An example is when you see a present day Nigerian whose features remind you of the Benin and Ile-Ife sculptures..

I had been reading some blog articles on complexion prejudices among Indians, and arrived at a page featuring an attractive young lady named Diya.

And later on I wound up in the Historum forum, looking at some of the very colourful images from Ajanta. The painters of that period registered colours accurately even if the paintings were rather stylized.

I saw this image of a red ochre complexioned woman, noticed the way she was posed and thinking, "Didn't I see this woman looking just like this a short while ago?". Time is not the barrier we make it out to be.

Diya (Close Up)
What struck me was the similarity of the form of the leg, the absence of clear calf muscle definition, and the way the line of the leg moves smoothly into the ankle, with the ankle bone joints hardly visible. The hip shape is the same, and the leg proportions in relation to the torso show some similarity. Diya is a beautiful woman as you can see from a close up of her face on that page. India's complexion issues are simply nuts. What is this bizarre infatuation with light skin, when the far lighter Europeans find the darker complexions of Indian women so beautiful?

The old painters and sculptors had a thing for boobs but sadly they don't make Indian females like they used to, or do they? Deepa has the boobs and the eyes too. She also the curvy form in Indian temple sculptures. Now where is the profusion of necklaces, earrings, bangles and beads?

The eyes are so "classically Indian" here is a close up -

I guess it is more a case of art imitating life imitating art.

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