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.


LLYYNN - Lynn Davis said...

Cindy, this line of inspiration is fantastic, love where you are following it. Having just spent a little time with baby hands wrapped around parent fingers, I wish there was a sign symbol for that gesture of supreme love, trust and bonding - I know I'd want one right now!!!

Cindy Gimbrone said...

Hi Lynn,

Thank you! You're right about the baby hands! I believe a Deaf Artist has created that exact picture in pen and ink. I'll have to look to see where and post a link but it's an adult signing "I love you" and the baby's hand is grasping the thumb. It's lovely!

thanks for all your comments :-)

angelinabeadalina said...

Thanks for sharing the photos of the statues. They are an inspiration for so many different themes. I think you are going to make some incredible hands, Cindy!

Deb said...

Thank you for the photo's of the Buddha's - they are so peaceful & serene.
One of my favorite photo's ever is one I took of a Buddhist Monk in Thailand, the saffron robes & the complete feeling of serenity they imparted will stay with me forever.

I'm sure you are going to make the most amazing hands.

Amanda said...

"Have no fear" sounds like it would make a very inspirational, touching bead. I think that hand bead would have been great for the "something to say" theme on Art Bead Scene. Fear is something that seems to cripple all of us.

marcy said...

I really enjoyed this post. It shared a lot of "you" in it.