Montien Boonma, AGNSW

Montien Boonma, AGNSW

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Ayutthaya Thai, sandstone Buddha head, 1300, with traces of lacquer, AGNSW
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AGNSW, Spirit_and_sustenance, a pair from history in ‘Conversations through the Asian collections’, March 2015

Boonma was a devout Buddhist. The monk’s bowl is held out empty to be filled by passers-by in an act of mutual exchange; by giving we receive blessings so an empty bowl in fact brims with positive potential.

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Montien Boonma , Untitled: two acts II, 1996.
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Montien Boonma , Untitled: two acts II, 1996. Handles from Boonma’s grip

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The bowl has imprint of his teeth and hands. At the unveiling of the work, visitors drank whiskey and herbs from the bowl with the scoop fashioned from his mouth. Quite a performance piece, now resting, since his death from cancer in 2000,

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