What does the Buddha’s hand gesture signify? The great British art quiz | Art


This quiz is brought to you in collaboration with Art UK, the online home for the UK’s public art collections, showing art from more than 3,000 venues and by 45,000 artists. Each day, a different collection on Art UK sets the questions.

Today, our questions are set by Horniman Museum and Gardens. The Horniman has collections across world cultures, music and the natural environment. The anthropology collection comprises approximately 80,000 objects from around the world – more than 3,000 of them displayed in the World Gallery – and provides a path into understanding the everyday lives and beliefs of people from all over the world, including ourselves.

You can see art from Horniman Museum and Gardens on Art UK here. Find out more on the Horniman Museum and Gardens website.

1.Museum founder Frederick Horniman was raised in which religion?

2.This painting shows the Battle of Adwa (1896), which marked the decisive victory for Ethiopia against the forces of which invading country?

3.This wooden carving of a shaman was made by Simeon Sdiihldaa, one of the earliest named artists working on the Pacific north-west coast of North America in the early 19th century. Which Indigenous nation did Sdiihldaa belong to?

4.This bronze figure of the historical Buddha was made in what is now northern Thailand, probably between the 12th and 15th centuries. The figure is seated showing the bhūmisparśa mudra (mudra means hand gesture). What does it signify?

5.This artwork by a Lagos-based artist (unknown to the Horniman) was painted in the late 1980s. It features Lakunle, a central character in which famous Wole Soyinka play?

6.This figure of Queen Victoria was made in Lagos by an unknown carver in the late 19th century. What, about her appearance, is surprisingly accurate?

7.This sculpture of Ogum is from a Candomblé altar. The Candomblé religion developed from the traditions of enslaved African people in which country?

8.Sculptures of this type, called maramarua, are used in the complex malangan ceremonies in New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea. What are malangan?


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