Golden buddha

I got inspired at the Rubin (and invited into a sculpture sessions that I suspect was intended  for children) and so made this little Buddha man to bring home with me. Normally they say feet of clay, but here we have hands of clay, a pipecleaner for support, and a lot of gold glitter. He will probably just remain a common household god.

The lotus pose of the Buddha Shakyamuni, below, from the Rubin collection looks far more perfect, as it does in most other respects.

Buddha Shakyamuni from northwestern Nepal (Khasa Malla rule) from the 14th century. It is made of gilt copper alloy with inlay. Rubin Museum of Art.

In other news, people seem to be doing precarious things outside my 20th floor office window.

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