The earliest sculpture was probably made to supply magical help to hunters. After the dawn of civilization, statues were used to represent gods.
Types[ edit ] A basic distinction is between sculpture in the round, free-standing sculpture, such as statuesnot attached except possibly at the base to any other surface, and the various types of reliefwhich are at least partly attached to a background surface.
Relief is often classified by the degree of projection from the wall into low or bas-reliefhigh reliefand sometimes an intermediate mid-relief. Sunk-relief is a technique restricted to ancient Egypt.
Relief is the usual sculptural medium for large figure groups and narrative subjects, which are difficult to accomplish in the round, and is the typical technique used both for architectural sculpturewhich is attached to buildings, and for small-scale sculpture decorating other objects, as in much potterymetalwork and jewellery.
Relief sculpture may also decorate stelesupright slabs, usually of stone, often also containing inscriptions. Another basic distinction is between subtractive carving techniques, which remove material from an existing block or lump, for example of stone or wood, and modelling techniques which shape or build up the work from the material.
Techniques such as castingstamping and moulding use an intermediate matrix containing the design to produce the work; many of these allow the production of several copies.
Open air Buddhist rock reliefs at the Longmen GrottoesChina The term "sculpture" is often used mainly to describe large works, which are sometimes called monumental sculpturemeaning either or both of sculpture that is large, or that is attached to a building.
But the term properly covers many types of small works in three dimensions using the same techniques, including coins and medalshardstone carvingsa term for small carvings in stone that can take detailed work.
Another grand form of portrait sculpture is the equestrian statue of a rider on horse, which has become rare in recent decades. The smallest forms of life-size portrait sculpture are the "head", showing just that, or the busta representation of a person from the chest up.
Modern and contemporary art have added a number of non-traditional forms of sculpture, including sound sculpturelight sculptureenvironmental artenvironmental sculpturestreet art sculpturekinetic sculpture involving aspects of physical motionland artand site-specific art.
Sculpture is an important form of public art. A collection of sculpture in a garden setting can be called a sculpture garden. Purposes and subjects[ edit ] Moai from Easter Islandwhere the concentration of resources on large sculpture may have had serious political effects.
One of the most common purposes of sculpture is in some form of association with religion. Cult images are common in many cultures, though they are often not the colossal statues of deities which characterized ancient Greek artlike the Statue of Zeus at Olympia.
The actual cult images in the innermost sanctuaries of Egyptian templesof which none have survived, were evidently rather small, even in the largest temples. The same is often true in Hinduismwhere the very simple and ancient form of the lingam is the most common.
Buddhism brought the sculpture of religious figures to East Asia, where there seems to have been no earlier equivalent tradition, though again simple shapes like the bi and cong probably had religious significance.
Small sculptures as personal possessions go back to the earliest prehistoric art, and the use of very large sculpture as public artespecially to impress the viewer with the power of a ruler, goes back at least to the Great Sphinx of some 4, years ago. In archaeology and art history the appearance, and sometimes disappearance, of large or monumental sculpture in a culture is regarded as of great significance, though tracing the emergence is often complicated by the presumed existence of sculpture in wood and other perishable materials of which no record remains;  the totem pole is an example of a tradition of monumental sculpture in wood that would leave no traces for archaeology.
The ability to summon the resources to create monumental sculpture, by transporting usually very heavy materials and arranging for the payment of what are usually regarded as full-time sculptors, is considered a mark of a relatively advanced culture in terms of social organization.
Recent unexpected discoveries of ancient Chinese bronze age figures at Sanxingduisome more than twice human size, have disturbed many ideas held about early Chinese civilization, since only much smaller bronzes were previously known.
The Mississippian culture seems to have been progressing towards its use, with small stone figures, when it collapsed. Other cultures, such as ancient Egypt and the Easter Island cultureseem to have devoted enormous resources to very large-scale monumental sculpture from a very early stage.
The collecting of sculpture, including that of earlier periods, goes back some 2, years in Greece, China and Mesoamerica, and many collections were available on semi-public display long before the modern museum was invented. From the 20th century the relatively restricted range of subjects found in large sculpture expanded greatly, with abstract subjects and the use or representation of any type of subject now common.
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