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Compare and Contrast – Devotional Objects

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Compare and Contrast

Critically examining two works of art and finding their similarities and differences does the following:

  • Strengthens students’ ability to remember key content
  • Improves comprehension by highlighting important details
  • Encourages thoughtful analysis and interpretation about the time and place an artwork was made


Have students watch The 5 Ws of Art: Guanyin and Talking About Art: Shiva Nataraja

Following the videos, students will use the worksheet provided below to compare and contrast the two objects.

Devotional Objects

Religious devotion is described as dedication, reverence, faithfulness, respect, attentiveness, loyalty, or love for (or to) a spirit, person, or deity deemed sacred or holy. These two objects are considered devotional objects because they were made for use in Buddhist and Hindu devotional practices.


  • Think critically about why objects were used in the past and the present
  • Identify common traits in devotional objects
  • Identify the different purposes and styles of these two objects


  • Videos: The 5 Ws of Art: Guanyin and Talking About Art: Shiva Nataraja (videos located at the bottom of this page)
  • Worksheet
  • Pen or pencil


The teacher will:

  • Play The 5 Ws of Art: – Guanyin video
  • Play Talking About Art – Shiva Nataraja video
  • Help students identify similarities and differences between the two objects


Have students share the similarities and differences they found.

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