Mandala

Mandala, Brooch, 10 X 10 cms approx.

Mandala is a Sanskrit word that means “circle”. In the Buddhist and Hindu religious traditions their sacred art often takes a mandala form. The basic form of most Hindu and Buddhist mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point. Each gate is in the shape of a T.

An example:

shri mandala

The brooch is inspired from a generalised concept of the mandala using the square and the circle.
The corners of the square symbolise the 4 gates or directions: north, south, east and west. They lead to the inert, complete and pure circle, and thence to its core, led to by the 4 needles.
The gates are made of hollow pipes symbolising other passages prevalent, that maynot lead to the desired destination.
 

Mandala, brooch: Top view

 

The mechanism

 
  
Here’s how I got here:
 

initial thoughts: exploring through different materials (a)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

initial thoughts: exploring through different materials (b)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

initial thoughts: exploring content (a)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
initial thoughts: exploring content (b)

a clearer picture: exploring content (c)

  
 
 
 
 
 
 
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