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KARMA
The Sculptural Heritage of Asia

Several centuries before the Common Era three great religions, Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, emerged in the Indian subcontinent. From there they spread to large parts of Asia and, in the case of Hinduism and Buddhism, they now number many millions of adherents. All three share the key concept of karma, the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence which decides their fate in future existences. There is no connotation of reward or punishment by a supreme being who stands in judgment. Our actions, good or bad, intentional or accidental, rebound on us as part of the natural working of the universe.

According to Hindu belief our karma fetters us to or frees us from the perpetual cycle of birth and rebirth to which life in the material world is bound, known as samsara. The ultimate goal of Hindus is to escape samsara and attain liberation. In Jain belief, actions, thoughts and words attract karma, which is seen as a physical substance that attaches itself to the soul and is carried from one life to the next. Though good karma is less weighty than bad, it must all be removed before liberation from the material world can be attained. In Buddhism, our current life is only one of the many lives we live. We have had past existences and will have future incarnations whose quality is dependent on our karma. Negative karma may lead to rebirth as an animal or into a hell; positive karma may result in rebirth into a heaven. We are bound to this cycle by attachment to a mistaken concept of self and experience and can only be freed from it by attaining the spiritual knowledge that leads to enlightenment.

The sculptures shown in the following pages originated in Buddhist, Hindu and Jain contexts. Created to evoke awareness and provide spiritual encouragement on the path to enlightenment and liberation, they are all wonderful representatives of Asia's cultural heritage. They have all 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, 2015

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: 01 Dec. 2015
all text, images © Marcel Nies
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  Buddha Sakyamuni
Buddha Sakyamuni
  Bodhisattva
Bodhisattva
  Yakshas
Yakshas
  Vajrasattva
Vajrasattva
  Head of Bhairava
Head of Bhairava
  Brahma
Brahma
  Krishna Rajamannar
Krishna Rajamannar
  Tirthankara Mahavira
Tirthankara Mahavira
  Buddha Sakyamuni
Buddha Sakyamuni
  Buddha Sakyamuni
Buddha Sakyamuni
  Buddha Sakyamuni
Buddha Sakyamuni
  Peacock Vahana
Peacock Vahana
  Buddha Sakyamuni
Buddha Sakyamuni
  Head of a Buddha
Head of a Buddha
  Amida Nyorai
Amida Nyorai
  Chintamani Lokesvara
Chintamani Lokesvara

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