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The bull, is of significance in many ancient cultures. In Buddhism The Bull represents "desire" during the life of the Buddha as a prince. Amongst the Jains The bull is the embl...
The bull, is of significance in many ancient cultures. In Buddhism The Bull represents "desire" during the life of the Buddha as a prince. Amongst the Jains The bull is the emblem of Adinath, the first Jain Tirthankara. In Greek mythology it is a symbol of male sexuality, illustrated by Zeus, in the form of a white bull, unrelentingly pursuing Europa.
Within Hinduism, the bull is best known as Nandi, the sacred steed of Shiva and is depicted as a powerful white bull. The white colour is a symbol of purity and devotion. Nandi is regarded as the gatekeeper and protector of Shiva as well as Shiva’s consort the Hindu Goddess Parvati and It is believed that one must first gain the approval of Nandi before being allowed to worship Lord Shiva.
In this work the vivid crimson hues in the background and the thickness of the layering is inspired by the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu where in the sanctum sanctorum vermillion applied by devotees is never wiped away but simply allowed to collect layer upon layer. The work depicts the guardian of the abode in the foreground significantly superimposed on the golden lingam shape. Allegory to Buddhist links of Shiva, known as Lha Chen is portrayed by the lotus flowers and the Tibetan Buddhist script for the all prevailing 'OM".