About this object

Canvas of antelope in landscape, mounted into a sculptural frame in shape of Buddha's head.
The swirling mountains and vulture perched ready to pounce on the wounded antelope, at first glance, give the painting a sense of foreboding. But, if read using Tibetan visual language, it is clear this image within the headspace or the mind of the Buddha, represents reincarnation or rebirth, it is a time not of dread, but of hope and renewal. The image placed within the wooden framework is reminiscent of the uniquely Tibetan ga’u or amulet box, once a common adornment for both men and women, both rich and poor. These protective boxes worn strapped to the body deflect negative forces and shield the wearer from harm. Within the boxes, holy relics would be kept allowing the ga’u to act as travelling shrine whilst the wearer was away from home. Injured Tibetan Antelope exudes those same protective qualities. Dedron has created this work as a protective amulet for the mystical and spiritual Tibet she loves, by using reincarnation as the image within the Buddha; she is also calling for the Buddha of the next era to come quickly, when once again the Buddha’s powers will be at their strongest.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang: Lhasa
  • Date made
  • Materials
    Canvas; Mineral pigments; Wood
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased with support from the National Art Collection Fund
  • Collector
  • Place collected
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: London
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    590 mm x 530 mm; 23 1/4 in x 20 7/8 in
  • Note
    Created in Lhasa, in 2009. First showing at 'Nearest to the Sun' Rossi & Rossi Ltd, London 06 May - 12 June 2009.
  • Related people
    Dedron ( Artist/maker)
Object view = Humanities
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