Monday, October 5, 2009

nepalese manuscript cover

our latest assignment for the class "arts of asia," is to go the walters art museum and find an asian object that has some religious association, and then write an essay about it and submit a little sketch. i chose a beautiful 11th century wooden manuscript cover from nepal. above is my drawing. "the four outer figures on each side are kings of the primary and intermediate directions of the compass." in the middle is the linga, or "sign" of shiva. to its left are vishnu and his consort lakshmi, and to the right, brahma and saraswati.


jen brown said...

who are the characters further to the sides?

yelena bryksenkova said...

i don't know their names, but they are kings of the eight compass directions (primary and intermediate)

YDK said...

This is so great! I wish you could've come over on thursday ):