The Four Harmonious Friends Wall-hanging (Made In Nepal) (mthun-po spun-bzhi, Skt. Catvari anukulabhratr)
The motif of the four harmonious friends is to be found in abundance in Buddhist-inspired art everywhere. The four brothers comprise of the elephant, the monkey, the hare, and the partridge; whilst the all-important harmony lies in their position relative to each other. This harmony was established after a period of mutual discord. The brothers had gotten down to discussing the age of a banyan tree in the Himalayan foothills where they dwelt. The elephant had seen it when it was a bush; the monkey, when it was a shrub; and the rabbit, when it was a tender leafless sapling. However, the partridge remembers having carried its very seed in its body and planted it there. His age and seniority were thus established, and mutual respect and harmony restored amidst the four.
The exquisite wall-hanging that you see on this page features this all-important motif. The same is a fine example of Nepalese handiwork, the copper repousse having been done with great skill and labour. Zoom in on each aspect of the work to take in the sheer level of details - the adornments on the elephants and the landscape they are walking on, the series of lotus petals and gems of red and blue that frame the central motif, and ashtamangala symbols laterally arranged on either side of the same. Peacocks and a kirtimukha image are on the lower panel, while the upper one features more complex repousse. The whole composition is framed by more lotus petals that run along all four sides of the wall-hanging.
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Repoussé on Copper31.2 inch Height x 27.2 inch Width x 2.2 inch Depth