Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Tibetan sand mandela

At the end the short street where we regularly stay in Bath is the Museum of East Asian Art, which, last week, I finally made the effort to actually enter. In fact I was very disappointed with the museum save for one item in a very small temporary exhibition which was this medicine mandela made by Monks in Glasgow.

It is made of sand and would normally be destroyed after its use in meditation but this one was fixed to a board. I ended up sitting on the floor opposite it with my sketchbook for 90% of my hour's visit.
This was another smaller painted one


Feather on a Wire said...

It's incredible. No wonder why so many quilters make mandelas.

Elaine Adair said...

Koooool - I can see why you spent most of your time studying it.

I've recently discovered Pennsylvania Hex signs, not so intricate, but along the same design lines. All so 'quilt-like'.

Kristin L said...


Anonymous said...

Hi, I came across your blog whilst googleing and wanted to know more about your opinion on the museum...

What was it that disappointed you? I am thinking of visiting as I have an interest in ceramics and heard their collection was really good, is that right?

Would be good to get your opinion.

Ms A. Dixon