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"Opening the Eyes"


Buddhist Art for the 21st Century


Gilt finished in Platinum, 23 karat Red Gold, 18 karat Green Gold, also Fine Gold, Palladium and Silver. Turquoise and Coral gemstones represent the jewellery typically worn by the bodhisattva. Formed in copper repoussÚ, with the hands cast from wax models.




Frame Size 64cm. x 70cm. (25in. x 27in.)

Ma˝juśrī is a bodhisattva associated with transcendent wisdom in Mahāyāna Buddhism. The Sanskrit name Ma˝juśrī can be translated as "Gentle Glory".

Ma˝juśrī is depicted as a male bodhisattva wielding a flaming sword in his right hand, representing the realization of transcendent wisdom which cuts down ignorance and duality. The text supported by the lotus held in his left hand is a Praj˝āpāramitā sūtra, representing his attainment of ultimate realization from the blossoming of wisdom.

Ma˝juśrī is one of the Four Great Bodhisattvas of Chinese Buddhism, the other three being: Kṣitigarbha, Avalokiteśvara, and Samantabhadra.

In Tibetan Buddhism Ma˝juśrī is sometimes depicted in a trinity with Avalokiteśvara (Tib. Chenrezig) and Vajrapāṇi (Tib. Channa Dorje).

My original Ma˝juśrī drawing.


Planning the repoussÚ with Saroj and Surendra Shakya in Patan


Saroj Shakya making the first push of repoussÚ on a sheet of copper


Second push of repoussÚ after chasing


All the extra elements are soldered on (such as the hands, forearms, lotus stem with the Praj˝āpāramitā sūtra, flaming sword, crown and earrings). The copper is then sealed with enamel in preparation for sizing and laying the platinum and goldleaf.

The view from my studio in Kathmandu. According to the Swayambhu Purana, the Kathmandu Valley was once a lake. It is believed that Ma˝juśrī saw a lotus flower in the center of the lake and cut a gorge at Chovar to allow the lake to drain. The place where the lotus flower settled became Swayambhunath Stupa and the valley thus became habitable.



RepoussÚ is a metalworking technique in which a malleable metal is ornamented or shaped by hammering from the reverse side. There are few techniques that offer such diversity of expression while still being relatively economical. Chasing is the opposite technique to repoussÚ, and the two are used in conjunction to create a finished piece. It is also known as embossing which uses pre-formed dies and punches.

While repoussÚ is used to work on the reverse of the metal to form a raised design on the front, chasing is used to refine the design on the front of the work by sinking the metal.There is no loss of metal in the process, as it is stretched and the surface remains continuous. The process is relatively slow, but a maximum of form is achieved, with one continuous surface of sheet metal of essentially the same thickness. Direct contact of the tools used is usually visible in the result, a condition not always apparent in other techniques, where all evidence of the working method is eliminated.

The techniques of repoussÚ have been used widely since antiquity, with gold and silver for fine detailed work and with copper, tin, and bronze for larger sculptures.






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