HEART OF THE WISE: NAGA MAEDAW SERPENT

​52 x 19 x 15 in

Porcelain, glaze and oxides, luster

cone 10

2018

In the birth story of Buddha, the Jataka Tales, Naga Maedaw (Naga Queen), Vimala, longed to hear the King’s sage, Vidhura Panditta (the Bodhisatta) speaks. She feigned ill and told the Naga King only Vidhura’s heart could cure her. The story enfolds narrating how the Bodhisatta used his wisdom to save himself. 

In this sculpture, I expressed Naga Maedaw's form as a hybridized being between anthropomorphic creature and the serpentine, lending her resemblance to a mythical creature in Chinese creationist story, Nu Wa, the mother Goddess of the universe and the creator of human beings. The Chinese myth narrates that Nu Wa created human beings in resemblance of her upper half of the body; her lower half, being a serpent.

© 2019 by Soe Yu Nwe