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The Path to Enlightenment

Throughout Asia’s millennia-long cultural history, statues of gods and other venerated figures have been the focus of devout worship, contemplation and prayer. Such images have inspired and mediated the faith of countless followers, providing a pathway to spiritual salvation.

The suffering that is an inevitable constituent of the cycle of birth, death and rebirth is the predicament that Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism all endeavour to deal with. All living beings struggle with the dilemmas and dramas with which life confronts them; all must bear the karmic consequences of their acts. Asian religions offer their adherents a way to escape the chain of cause and effect and reach enlightenment by following the paths prescribed in their teachings. Buddhists, for example, seek nirvana by following the Eightfold Path; Hindus seek unity with the cosmic spirit through works, meditation and devotion; Jains seek liberation through a life of strict non-violence and self-control.

This catalogue reveals the rich diversity and masterful quality of Asian art. Created to evoke spiritual empathy and provide encouragement, the statues are also representative of much of Asia’s cultural history – from the ancient Gandharan kingdom to the rise of the Gupta rulers, from Srivijaya to central Java, and from India to the kingdoms of Dvaravati and Angkor Borei. The bronzes that originated from the Himalayas show an extraordinary quality of detail and natural movement. Others date from the Chola period, a high point of Indian bronze-casting that produced magnificent sculptures. While the bronze heads from the Sukhothai and Ayudhia kingdoms are among the world’s finest and most majestic portraits of the historical Buddha.

All the works in this catalogue have been carefully researched and are accompanied by extensive written documentation, a provenance report, a guarantee of authenticity, and an Art Loss Register certificate.

Marcel Nies, 2013

Marcel Nies has specialised in Oriental Art since 1972. Composed of a diversity of art, his collection includes sculptures, paintings, and ritual objects from India, the Himalayan mountains, and South-eastern Asia.

on-line gallery opened: 01 Jun. 1995
last updated: 05 Dec. 2013
all text, images © Marcel Nies
(click on the small image for full screen image with caption.)
  Kubera
Kubera
  Sakyamuni
Sakyamuni
  Sakyamuni
Sakyamuni
  Vairocana
Vairocana
  Aiyanar and Consorts
Aiyanar and Consorts
  Krishna
Krishna
  Head of Buddha
Head of Buddha
  Indra and Indrani
Indra and Indrani

all text, images © Marcel Nies
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