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PORTRAIT OF THE DIVINE

In Asian culture, ‘the divine’ represent universal power, which they use for the benefit of their mortal followers. These sacred figures are regarded as eternal and based on truth, in contrast to material matters which are ephemeral and based on illusion. Distinguished by a plenitude of positive characteristics, such as beauty, beneficence and justice, they keep the hosts of malefic beings and demons at bay. The divine immortal soul manifests in visions, prophecies and miracles.

Some gods are worshipped for their compassionate intervention and favorable influences. Many faiths around the world believe in the daily protection of their ancestral spirits. The doctrine of karma shared by Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism consists of a divine law without the connotation of punishment by a supreme being who stands in judgment: our acts, good or bad, intentional or accidental, reflect back on us as part of the natural working of the universe. Taoism proposes a transcendent principle, tao, meaning ‘the way’, which reflects the natural ongoing process of the world. In philosophy the term ‘the divine’ is used to denote the origin that acts as the source of life and gives rise to the world.

Divine power has often been credited to living, mortal individuals. Some historical persons central to the Buddhist faith, like Sakyamuni, were regarded as the enlightened possessors of divine powers. Kings and emperors who were committed to the wellbeing of their people identified themselves with the deities of their religious faith; consequently they were accorded superhuman status and power, and as a result a divine mandate. Many majestic portraits stand as classic examples of great secular and spiritual leaders who were worshipped as divine gods.

The catalogue reveals the rich diversity and masterful quality of Asian sculpture. These portraits of the divine are wonderful representatives of Asia’s cultural history, created to evoke and provide spiritual encouragement. 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, 2014

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: 26 Nov. 2014
all text, images © Marcel Nies
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  Ritual Vessel
Ritual Vessel
  Ritual Bell
Ritual Bell
  Vishnu
Vishnu
  Ambika
Ambika
  Brahma
Brahma
  Varaha
Varaha
  Buddha Naga Mucilinda
Buddha Naga Mucilinda
  Vamana
Vamana
  King Ramkhamphaeng
King Ramkhamphaeng
  Sitatara
Sitatara
  Vajrasattva
Vajrasattva
  Vajrasattva
Vajrasattva

all text, images © Marcel Nies
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