Fragments of Prayers #1. Elizabeth McKee.

Fragments of Prayers #1.

Pasadena, MD: 2009. Artist's book, unique copy, the first of three in a series each in a different format, of Sanskrit mantra, Om mani padme hum, on heavy-weight St. Armand paper, with artist's statement printed out on separate sheet and enclosed with book. Page size: 6 x 5.5 x 6 inches; 60 leaves. Bound by the artist: each leaf threaded through punched hole onto a rope which is spliced so that no beginning or end can be found, enabling the reader to rotate each page around the rope and the prayers to be endless. Housed in custom-made lidded box of pale brown paper over boards lined with dark brown paper, label on front side of lid hand-lettered, "Fragments of Prayers 1" in black on inset white label, black knob and silk cord to lift lid. The text, Om Mani Padme Hum, has been painted and hand-lettered in gesso, sumi, walnut ink and white gouache sixty different ways, thirty on each side on a sheet of white heavy-weight St. Armand paper. The artist then tore the sheet into sixty pieces - making irregular-shaped fragments to "bind" on a continuous rope to form her own version of a prayer wheel. The book has been wrapped in an ivory-colored silk scarf as the artist referenced Buddhist texts seen in Mongolia that were so encased. The chant, Om Mani Padme Hum, is particularly associated with the four-armed Shadakshari form of Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion. Mani means "jewel" and padma means "the lotus flower" the Buddhist Sacred Flower. The chant, Om Mani Padme Hum, is particularly associated with the four-armed Shadakshari form of Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion. Mani means "jewel" and padma means "the lotus flower" the Buddhist Sacred Flower. The chant is commonly carved into rocks - called "mani stones" - or written on paper and inserted into prayer wheels. When the wheel is spun, it is said to have the same effect as reciting the mantra as many times as it is duplicated within the wheel. Talented book artist and calligrapher, Elizabeth Mckee's own aesthetic has enabled her to create a completely contemporary version of this ancient form for presenting a text. Item #10683

Price: $1,500.00

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