Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Deities, Demons, and Teachers of Tibet, Nepal, and India


I don't remember what god this was for but it's a leather apron and it's such a strong piece that it dominates the whole wall.

Last week when I went to Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA), I saw two wonderful shows. The one on courtesans from the Qing Dynasty was interesting and insightful but the one titled "Deities, Demons, and Teachers of Tibet, Nepal, and India" is a knock out! It is well worth visiting the museum just to see this show. I sketched a few pieces while serously coveting a tiny ivory and amazingly intricate altar to Durga. Unfortunately you can't take photos and there is only one image on the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive website. So I hope that these few sketches show a little of how wonderful the show is.  
"Joyful and sensual sculptural figures of Indian deities and dancers join radiant images of enlightened beings from Tibet and Nepal in Deities, Demons, and Teachers, which presents a rotating display of works by anonymous Indian, Nepalese, and Tibetan artisans."
 Goddess: Probably from the Greco-Indian area of the continent that was influenced by the cities founded by Alexander the Great.
Three-headed diety

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