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AWAKENING: The Art of Total Perception

In Asian tradition, sacred sculptures were made for temples and shrines confronting devotees with the image of their god. These statues were created as beautiful works of art representing gods, priests and other historical important persons, and were believed to stimulate emotion, providing an energy emerged from interaction, and to give rise to awakening.

Inspired by ancient spiritual faith and knowledge, the impact of these images was intended to increase a higher state of consciousness. The conviction was based on a transformation of individual consciousness through which a person eventually could reunite with his higher being. In Buddhism, tantra is the use of rituals, symbolism and yoga practiced to evoke experiences that enable the realization of enlightenment. The most common practice of tantra is deity identification or realizing oneself as a deity. People in Asia believed in a path of destiny, and through spiritual teaching and motivation they were given the opportunity to fulfll their own aspirations.

Art can only be appreciated through the meeting of two perspectives, the personal insights of its creator and the viewer’s observation of the work. Religious conviction largely determines the quality of the creation and the intensity of the experience of works of art. Perception is for that reason inseparable from an individual, as everyone has their own unique perspectives, evolved from their personal experiences and values. Created to provide spiritual encouragement, Asian sacred statues lead to the path of ‘Awakening’, the art of total perception.

This catalogue represents an important group of sculptures, chosen for their high level of artistic and technical quality and expressive impact. Selected from old established collections, mainly European, the statues are wonderful representatives of Asia’s cultural heritage, revealing their religious symbolic meaning. All the works have been carefully researched and are accompanied by an extensive written documentation, a provenance report, and a guarantee of authenticity.

Marcel Nies, 2017

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: 30 Nov. 2017
all text, images © Marcel Nies
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  Swords and Daggers
Swords and Daggers
  Urn–shaped instrument
Urn–shaped instrument
  Avalokitesvara
Avalokitesvara
  Hindu Devi
Hindu Devi
  Buddha Vajrasana
Buddha Vajrasana
  Manikkavacakar
Manikkavacakar
  Shiva Dakshinamurti
Shiva Dakshinamurti
  Shiva Chandrashekhara
Shiva Chandrashekhara
  Buddha Sakyamuni
Buddha Sakyamuni
  Nilambaradhara Vajrapani
Nilambaradhara Vajrapani
  Bodhisattva Jizo
Bodhisattva Jizo
  Buddha Dainichi Nyorai
Buddha Dainichi Nyorai
  Head of a Bosatsu
Head of a Bosatsu
  Bodhisattva
Bodhisattva
  Buddha Sakyamuni
Buddha Sakyamuni

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