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The energies deriving from faith (shraddha) and devotion (bhakti) are important elements in Asia’s religious practice. Faith in one’s path of practice provides the energy that encourages one to continue. Meditation is a form of devotional practice often providing an experience of joy, and of harmonizing the mind. The continuation of such practice in faith and devotion, in which temple statues played an important role, can give a taste of profound transformation and liberate one from suffering.

In ancient texts, bhakti refers to one of the possible paths of spirituality. The term also alludes to a movement that arose between the seventh and tenth centuries in India, focused on the gods Vishnu and Shiva. Bhakti movements spread to other Indian religions during that period and influenced the interaction between Christianity and Hinduism in the modern era. The bhakti movement rose in importance during the medieval history of Hinduism, and growing rapidly thereafter with the spread of bhakti poetry and devotion throughout India by the 12th-18th century.

Devotions are expressions of love and fidelity that arise from the intersection of one’s own faith and cultural background. In Asian religions the act of devotion is an important practice by using rituals in pursuit of their spiritual aspirations. Worship was the expression of devotional attention, through prayers, making offerings to statues of gods in temples, and chanting. The sculptures of gods, saints and guardians are important objects of devotion, and are widely used in temples and shrines. These sacred statues were created to evoke and provide spiritual encouragement, to speak in the language of silence, allowing devotees to identify themselves with god represented.

Meditation is a common form of worship in Buddhism, an exploration of the mind and spirit. This practice is focused on the third step of the Eightfold Path that ultimately leads to self awakening, known as enlightenment. Traditionally, meditation combined samatha (the act of calming oneself) and vipasyana (seeing clearly within) to create a complete mind and body experience. By stopping one’s everyday activities and focusing on something simple, the mind can open and expand itself to reach a higher spiritual level. Although in traditional Buddhist faith enlightenment is the desired goal of meditation, it is more a practice that helps individuals to better control their minds, increasing understanding, kindness, and peace.

This catalogue represents an important group of sculptures, revealing the religious symbolic meaning and diversity of Asian art. They are wonderful representatives of Asia’s cultural history, carefully selected on the basis of their unique quality and rarity. All the works 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, 2016

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. The gallery displays this collection, as well as new acquisitions and special 'theme' exhibitions which take place every year.

on-line gallery opened: 01 Jun. 1995
last updated: 16 Nov. 2016
all text, images © Marcel Nies
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  Kinnara
Kinnara
  Torso of a Bodhisattva
Torso of a Bodhisattva
  Shiva Mahadeva
Shiva Mahadeva
  Hindu Devi
Hindu Devi
  Paravai
Paravai
  Buddharaja
Buddharaja
  Buddha Sakyamuni
Buddha Sakyamuni
  Samurai
Samurai
  Head of Buddha
Head of Buddha
  Parvati
Parvati
  Peacock Vahana
Peacock Vahana
  Vinadhara Umamahesvara
Vinadhara Umamahesvara
  Buddha Aksobhya
Buddha Aksobhya
  Buddha Sakyamuni
Buddha Sakyamuni

all text, images © Marcel Nies
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