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Buddha Hanging Wall Shrine (bs002) or Altar in clay shadow box, collage by Sandy Oppenheimer/ Nansee New/Casa Luz

This Iconographic shrine features a Buddha image in blues and purples by collage artist Sandy Oppenheimer. An archival copy of the original paper collage is mounted in this handmade hanging clay shadowbox . The Buddha image is mounted on acid free mat board. Its soneware frame was impressed with a hand made stamp and painted. The stamp is the Sanskrit symbol for OM, the most holy and sacred of sounds.

Who was the Buddha?
The Buddha or Gautama lived in the 10th Century. He was born Prince Siddhartha and lived in a great palace in northern India. His parents sheltered him from the real world and gave him everything he desired. He married and had a child and continued to live within the confines of the palace, knowing nothing of suffering, aging or death. At age 29, he left the palace and for the first time witnessed what had been hidden from him. This ignited in him a deep searching for the truth. Buddha renounced his privileged life completely, and continued his search for 6 years, until he realized the truth of existence as he sat in contemplation under the Bo tree.

The Shrine Series is a collection of mixed media collaborations between myself, Nansee New of Casa Luz and other women artists. Each hanging shrine or altar contains an image of a cultural, spiritual or shamanic figure. These iconographic and archetypal “way-showers” provide a window into other ways of experiencing life. Every culture has images that offer a new perspective and a deeper understanding of our diverse world. Learning and opening to these perspectives we expand our understanding of our cultural heritage.

Although many of the hanging iconographic shrines are similar, all pieces are individually made with differences in design, bead work, and decorative motif.

The image measures 3 1/2" x 4 1/4"
This hanging altar/shrine measures 8 1/2"H x 4 1/4"W x 1 1/2"D

The beads are of lapis lazuli, amethyst and brass. The pendant is of a double dorje which is one of the premiere symbols for Tantric Buddhism. It represents undefiled pure consciousness, the pristine awareness beyond conceptual thinking. These are qualities of the enlightened mind. In Sanskrit the word used to denote the basis for that condition is 'sunyata', usually translated as emptiness or void. It is a state which cannot be destroyed or corrupted, has no beginning or end, etc. At the same time it can destroy all negative and deluded conditions and is the basis for all phenomena.

Collaborative artist: Sandy Oppenheimer, Buddha ©1996, www.papercollage [!at] gmail.com

Buddha Hanging Wall Shrine (bs002) or Altar in clay shadow box, collage by Sandy Oppenheimer/ Nansee New/Casa Luz


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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: clay, paint, amethyst beads, double dorje pendant, lapis lazuli beads, hand made stamp, Buddha image, acid free paper, archival inks, acid free mat board, paper collage buddha image, clay box, handmade ceramic box
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