Shakyamuni with Stag and Peacock (Woodblock) – Faith Stone
Shakyamuni Buddha is the historical Buddha. He is shown with his right hand extending downward in the “calling the earth to witness” mudra. At the time of his enlightenment he is said to have touched his hand to the ground and called the earth to witness.
Shakyamuni wears Nirmanakaya robes- without adornment. These are the robes still worn by Tibetan Buddhist monks today. He holds a begging bowl taking what is offered. He taught the middle way between indulgence and renunciation. His philosophy is the path of loving-kindness.
I painstakingly carve a Mokuhanga woodblock and then hand rub the print onto mulberry paper. Mokuhanga is the traditional Japanese woodcarving and printing technique. It is labor-intensive with hand carving and hand rubbing the prints using watercolor inks.
Artwork size: 12″x16″ (30 x 40 cm)
Titled, numbered and signed by the artist
Matted and wrapped in a plastic sleeve
Limited edition original hand rubbed woodblock