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A work made of gouache on silk.
© Manjunath Kamath / Threshold Art Gallery, New Delhi, India

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  • A work made of gouache on silk.




Manjunath Kamath
Indian, born 1972

About this artwork

Inspired by the traditions of Indian and particularly Buddhist painting, Manjunath Kamath here depicts a whorl of fire with its center hollowed out. A closer look reveals
fragments of deities, flailing horse hooves and hindquarters, clouds, and sections of a Buddhist mandala. The hollowed center refers both to the concept of emptiness (shunyata), an important strand of Indian philosophical thought, and at the same time to the golden womb (hiranyagarbha)—the beginning of the universe and infinity itself.


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Arts of Asia


B. M. Kamath


Almost There


India (Object made in)

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Made 2016


Gouache on silk


213.4 × 213.4 cm (84 × 84 in.)

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by the Friends of Indian and Islamic Art of The Art Institute of Chicago

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© Manjunath Kamath / Threshold Art Gallery, New Delhi, India

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