The Sublime Maiwa East

by - Thursday, July 23, 2015

Maiwa East is like a constantly changing exhibition -  without the glass cases. You are welcome to pick up the objects and hold them in your hands; feel the connection to distant cultures and far-away places. We are still very crowded at Maiwa East, so we are featuring some of the smaller treasures. On the other hand, if you are looking for furniture, we've never had as much as we do now.

The top image is a detail of this piece. A team of oxen from the south of India pull a cart. This is a masterful piece of sculpture consisting of several individually made items fitted together. It's exact provenance has been lost, however, such items could have been made as a plaything for the Raj's children in one of India's princely states.. $1900.00

This Buddha is crafted in the Thai style. The Buddha assumes the pose sometimes called "Calling the Earth to Witness the Enlightenment." The pot of herbs in the palm sometimes leads this pose to be called "The Medicine Buddha." The figure shows exquisite detail and a depth of expression. $1640.00

A second Buddha with the half-closed eyes of meditation. This is an elegant figure with clean lines and pure forms. $920.00

Perched atop of a 20" Diwali lamp is this dhokra musician. Dhokra figures are cast using the lost wax technique by village craftspeople in Odisha. $1290.00

Nataraja Shiva - the Lord of the Dance, also known as the Dancing Shiva. This figure is often found in Indian households and is based on a sculpture which was perfected by artists of the Chola period (880-1279 CE). This statue is often synonymous with Hinduism and has come to represent India in the minds of many.

Nataraja is also interpreted as the dance of creation and destruction or the cosmic dance. There is a two-metre high Nataraja sculpture at CERN, the European Center for Research in Particle Physics in Geneva. Trampled under Shiva's foot is Apasmara - the demon of ignorance. $799.00

Maiwa East - 1310 Odlum Drive, Vancouver, Canada.

Open Thursday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Open Sunday - 11am - 5pm

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