is from a
Smoke-Free and Pet-Free home.
learned of "Suffering Moses" when I acquired a beautiful, boat shaped
bowl of brass and papier mâché that was hand
the bottom "Hand
Suffering Moses Srinagar
Because of my Art History
education, I was curious, so
Below is some of what I found out about
is situated in Kashmir in northern India, which is surrounded by
mountains at the Himalayan foothills, lakes Dal and Nagin and a maze of rivers.
in Srinagar owned by this old artist who made the most exquisite papier
mâché, delicate, multi-layered, intricate flawless pieces.
He signed all his work on the bottom, in
a sprawing calligraphic
signature....the same name as his store, "Suffering Moses".
was Moses. When asked "Why he signed his artworks with "Suffering
Moses", he replied "How else could I make
beautiful? Only by
suffering, right? I suffer for my art. You create
nothing good if you don't suffer."
Srinagar, between the old main Post Office and a colonial building that
housed Grindlays Bank, lay an extraordinary shop
d'art of papier mâché and woodcarvings of Walnut,
as well as more common quality handicrafts.
The second floor gallery was run
by the mysterious and highly charismatic Moses, an old wise man and a
leader of an occult
religious group. His wife was surprisingly from
America, and he continued a family tradition that had
lasted for centuries.
explained how he had been trained to become a painter as a little boy
at the begining of the 20th century.
He wasn't eager to part with
his best items, and he wanted potential customers of his finer works to
be aware of what they purchased.
He was known to ask
potential customers to leave and not return, as they had no
understanding of art.
and grandson also had high quality shops a short walk from the master
seen various items signed "Suffering Moses", among them are brass,
papier mâché, Walnut wood carvings and beautiful
type rugs. Some of the items were dated as early as 1915. Thankfully,
it appears that this wonderful art is being carried
on by his descendants.
purchasing a very beautiful, unique and rare signed piece of art
history to enjoy for years to come.
It does have a small crack as
you can see in the photo, which seems to bring out the character.
is approximately 6.25 inches end to end, 3.125 inches wide, 3.125
and Handling: $42.60
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