12/03/2012

"Shamanistic Sculptures From West Nepal" Catalog of the 2011 exhibition in Antwerp, Belgium

Here are some pictures extracted from the catalog of the 2011 exhibition in Antwerp, Belgium : "Denis de Mot Paintings and Shamanistic Sculpture :

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36 cm

copyright : T. van Hemelryck / courtesy of Mr. Piet Colaert

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43 cm

copyright : T. van Hemelryck / courtesy of Mr. Piet Colaert

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54 cm / 43 cm

copyright : T. van Hemelryck / courtesy of Mr. Piet Colaert

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36 cm

copyright : T. van Hemelryck / courtesy of Mr. Piet Colaert

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51 cm

copyright : T. van Hemelryck / courtesy of Mr. Piet Colaert

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51 cm

copyright : T. van Hemelryck / courtesy of Mr. Piet Colaert

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36 cm

copyright : T. van Hemelryck / courtesy of Mr. Piet Colaert

 

Here's a link to the photo album showing the pictures i've taken at the exhibition : http://tribalsculpturesfromnepal.skynetblogs.be/album/den...

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10/03/2012

Wood Sculpture in Nepal : Jokers and Talisman

Today, I would like to introduce you to a nice book focused on the wooden tribal sculpture tradition from Nepal.....In this publication are presented a lot of masks and tribal figures from the Max Itzikovitz collection photographed by H.Dubois....

References "Wood Sculpture in Nepal : Jokers and Talisman", B.Goy / M.Itzikovitz / G.Krauskopff, 176 pages, ed. 5 Continents, 2009, ISBN : 8874395094

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Cover of the french edition

 

Here's the official presentation of the book :

"In the 1980s, enigmatic wood masks, similar to those worn by Siberian and Eskimo shamans, began to appear in Parisian galleries that specialized in exotic art. Only the customary red wax affixed to the objects indicated that their origin was in fact Nepal. Art lovers, fascinated by the masks'' expressions and the thickness of patina, enthusiastically began to collect them, though they were still shrouded in mystery. In this beautifully photographed book, Bertrand Goy and Max Itzikovitz set out to uncover the history of the masks and to determine their place in Nepalese culture.
The authors also investigate western Nepal's unsophisticated, anthropomorphic wood sculptures, which can be seen today in temples, on bridges, and on the outskirts of villages. No one knows if these are protective effigies or tribute to divinities from an antiquated religion. With an insightful text and striking imagery, this book attempts to pull back the veil on one of the world's most cryptic art forms."

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09/03/2012

The "NAMASTE" gesture

The majority of the western Nepalese sculptures are showing what we are attempted to describe as the "Namaste" gesture....The Namaste greeting comes from Hinduist world and is used in all the regions of hinduist culture..... It is a customary greeting when individuals meet, and a valediction upon their parting.

A non-contact form of salutation is traditionally preferred in India and Namaste is the most common form of such a salutation. In Nepal, younger persons usually initiate the exchange with their elders. Initiating the exchange is seen as a sign of respect in other hierarchical settings.

As it is most commonly used, namaste is roughly equivalent to "greetings" or "good day," in English, implicitly with the connotation "to be well". As against shaking hands, kissing or embracing each other in other cultures, Namaste is a non-contact form of respectful greeting and can be used universally while meeting a person of different gender, age or social status.

The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra.The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another. In Sanskrit the word is namah + te = namaste (Devnagari/Hindi : नमः + ते = नमस्ते) which means “I bow to you” - my greetings, salutations or prostration to you.

Namaskār (Devnagari/Hindi: नमस्कार) literally means "I bow to [your] form".

I'm just asking : Is the "Namaste" Greetings the real explanation for the iconography of the western nepalese sculptures ?...When we know that these sculptures are probably linked with the Masta cult who's got certainly animist roots mixed with hinduist elements ?  I hope one day, some studies we'll be done to prove or to reject these explanations.....

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