|Title: “DISCOVERY” |
Size: 42.5” W x 38.5” H (unframed)
In any religion, one follows a path set by the written word of millennia ago, translated today by the spoken word. Whether Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism or Islam; the beginning has been handed down through the spoken word, then painstaking writing and manuscripts. In Buddhism, the thoughts and life of the Buddha were initially kept alive through oral stories and only later committed to manuscripts. As Buddhism expanded to different countries, the translation and adaptation of the Way adapted itself to each culture and society. Creating layers and layers of translations and interpretations. For each individual, no matter the religion, one part of any spiritual journey is to strip away the layers of history, culture and interpretation, to discover the essence of the word.
An early 1800’s Khamba culture decorative flint purse made of yak hide, adorned with silver and turquoise (worn on a nomad’s belt), resting on a mid-1800’s Mongolian wooden Buddhist prayer book cover, accented with an early 1800’s Chinese coin/amulet used to get rid of ghosts and devils, with characters of crossing swords and tortoise, with contemporary Chinese tassel, and at bottom flint purse reverse, with bands of late 1800’s Tekke choppy mens’ belts, from a nomadic tribe of Turkmenistan, mounted onto canvas-covered board, covered with Yixing plaster, molded and sculpted using 9th century bronze relief vase and 17th – 18th century Asian fabric stamps and chops, then painted and rubbed in gold and pewter cream, adorned with 10 buttons from a late 1800’s Tibetan silver inlaid hat, with 4 bands of mid-1800’s prayer book pages from a black Buddhist manuscript written in crushed gold and jewels, all resting on wooden museum panel wrapped in 18th century Japanese screen paintings and screen paper, with reveals of Yixing plaster, with insets of contemporary Indian sari cloth, accented with late 1800’s Tibetan silver repousse work adorned with auspicious signs from a Tibetan hat, with four 18th century Mongolian Buddhist manuscript pages.
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