Sunday, September 07, 2008
Sculpture and Statue Inspiration
As a student of Buddhism, I study it and as the Dalai Lama has said, use it to be a better whatever you are, I'm always fascinated by the purposeful gestures of the statues and sculptures of the Buddha. These purposeful hand gestures are called mudras and communicate a specific idea or concept. In the photo above, Buddha articulates the Abhaya Mudra, or "have no fear." You see the Abhaya Mudra on many representations of the Buddha. It's the same as the ASL handshape for "9" or "F."
I'm drawn to the concept represented in this gesture - I'm sure this is one of the handshapes I want to create in glass.