Religion Past and Present

Get access
Search Results: | 4 of 6 |

Hand of God and Hand of Humans in Art
(952 words)

[German Version]

I. Ancient to Pre-Roman Times – II. From Roman Times

I. Ancient to Pre-Roman Times

From its earliest beginnings, ancient art reflected the central role of the hand in sign language. Hands were raised in prayer, incantation, greeting, blessing, and in delivering a blow. Hands were raised in entreaty and in mourning, or were thrown in the air in triumph. Hostility was averted with an extended hand and fingers or the fist. Parties to…

Cite this page
Schroer, Silvia and Koch, Guntram, “Hand of God and Hand of Humans in Art”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_09286>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



▲   Back to top   ▲