Status

Status is something that dates back to the beginning of time. Status was and till this day is used as a way to categorize people. A person’s status is the very important in some cultures throughout the world. When we look at art we can see that status is represented in all different ways. Many cultures use symbols or objects to shows a persons social status. Art in its self is categorized to a certain social status. They way art is interpreted can be different with people of different social classes. 

This shows a picture of a mother holding her child so tight. As she holds her child close, Mary looks at Christ tenderly with so much emotion, and a knowing sadness. Christ turns towards his mother and lovingly touches her chin. These trait symbolizes there affection towards eachother with the divinity by golden halos.
A Tugrah is a form of calligraphy that was very impotent during the time of the Ottoman Empire. A Tugrah was used as the signature or trademark of the Sultan. Each one was made for a specific person. The Tugrah only belonged to the Sultan, which made it a very impotent symbol. The Tugrah was given to the person who had the heights status. It was a symbolic representation of power. It represents ultimate power, which is the highest status that can be obtained. This Tugrah belonged to Sultan Abdul Hamid II who ruled the Ottoman Empire from August 1876 to April 1909. He was also the last Sultan to rule the Ottoman Empire.
When you look at the title of this painting, you would assume the main subject would be the ambassador. However, the main subject is actually the Sultan. The Sultans were the most important people within the Ottoman Empire. They were blessed with the highest rank in the social class, which identified them as the people with all the authority and power. The Sultan in this panting is Sultan Ahmet III, receiving a European Ambassador. The Sultan is the most detailed person within the painting, which gives us vivid clarity of his importance within this work and the social rank portrayed in this piece. When looking at this painting the viewer can clearly distinguish the Sultan. The Sultan is in the middle of the painting and is the only one that is sitting down and is not crowded around. The space that surrounds him is details and makes him the main subject. When looked at the places within the panting the subjects are all painted very close to each. The subjects are viewed from a side profile and don’t incorporate as much detail. The Sultan is the only person in the painting who’s entire face is shown. This is a symbol of importance. The fact that the Sultan is painted from a direct perspective shows that he is the most important person within that room. The subjects are all facing in his direction. His headdress and clothing has a lot more detail then the other subjects. The way that he is represented shows that he has the highest status. In the picture, the men around the Sultan are all standing with heads bowed and eyes low, this shows respect of his superiority. Also he’s sitting on a throne, which signifies that he is royalty. The sword that lies besides the Sultan can represent his control over the nation and that he’s has military power and importance. Status in some cases is born not gained.
This painting of hunting tigers is from second half of 17th century.the paintings based on this sport were in great demand during 18th century and were painted in large amounts.the basic composition is rows of trees and sun is shown coming out of the mountains which gives a sence of forest.the artist who painted this is unknown.this piece is kept in central India. the main character whose incharge is the king Raghuraj Singh sitting on top of the elephant. hallowing circle around his head shows significant importance every person is shown carrying a rifles and swords and they are hunting two tigers. one of the tigers appears to be dead and second one is shown to be attacking.detail like the smoke is shown coming out of the rifle after the shot has been fired from the kings gun.elephants are decorated with a fine drapery.this painting connects with out theme bwcause the king goes out in the forest with so many other people looking after him.
This shield belongs to Maharana Sangram Singh II of Mewar, India who ruled 1710-1734.this shield was one of the personal shield that was used by the king himself. Maharana Sangram Singh II who fought against Moughal king Babur. he was decieved by his own nobles, which caused him a big lost. he was wounded and fell unconscious .his army thought he was dead and every one flew allowing moughals to wim the day. this shield is divieded into 8 sections of wavy shapes.each section tells a story of what king doing something. it all starts with him leaving his palace .hes shown hunting, then he goes to the temple and more hunting. in the last section ,he shown coming back into the palace sitting on the elephant.we can also see female figures waiting along the palace. In the middle is the sun looking upon every one omitting light.This shield is made if rhinos hide and painted in brilliant gold. onlt three colors have been used which are lacqure red, carbon black and gold. The artist is unknown and this was created in 1730 AD in India. this connects to our theme by showing the importance of the royal family and there status .they wanted to show how they lived there life so future can remember them and see what they did .
The Mokonde tribes of the Tanzania-Mozambique border in Africa depict their social class and status through their artwork as presented in the sculpture of The Kneeling Mother and child. The Makonde people lived and still do as matrilineal society. When a woman is of age where she's entered adulthood, she sacrifices herself. She sacrifices herself in the sense of giving herself to the ways of the culture, but more specifically, facial scarification. She takes part in a ritual where her identity is tattooed on her face just as the Mokonde people engrave in wooden statue of significant people almost their society,. The tattoos are not of her choice. They represent her rank, status, and identity in the Makonde social system. Most mother and child sculptures depict women's fertility through the naturalistic carvings of the women. But this specific piece represents a high status leader within the matrilineal society. If you look closely, the intricate carvings on the women are different. If you look closely, the ears and upper lip are pierced and are complements with ornaments. In this region of East Africa where the Makonde reside, such accessories are symbols of leadership. The figure in the statue also seems to be more important because of the high value of work done in such detail compared to numerous other kneeling mother and Son statues.
The People on the northwestern coast of America had a complex societal system. Both genders had a myriad of practices that an individual had to go through once they reached certain ages or other milestones within the culture. One such activity for young women was the piercing of the lower lip. This signified their status within the community as women of marriageable age. The emphasis on status was so explicit in this culture that women needed to have a steadily growing piercing as a reminder to the whole tribe as to who she was. This mask depicts perhaps not one specific women, but rather any women with that sized piercing, letting all others in the tribe know that the women who bears this particular piece is to be treated with respect, as she is of a high status.
The island of Nias is home to an immense number of statues very similar to this one. All of these statues signify a specific persons ascension to a higher social and political standing within their community. These statues can be carved multiple times of the same person, meaning multiple changings of social status and rankings. The raising status of people was celebrated with these statues watching over a great feast in their honor. The importance of status to this is culture is clearly conveyed in the tremendous amount of statues just like this one found all over the island. In this culture status was something to be celebrated and commemorated with such permanent objects as stone statues.
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