Awaken: "The Melt" Coaster

This coaster is designed with an image of artist Tsherin Sherpa’s 2017 painting The Melt. This depiction of the metamorphosis of the wrathful Buddhist deity Mahakala Bernag Chen is part of Sherpa’s exploration of the role of traditional Himalayan Buddhist imagery in our contemporary world.

The swirl of vibrant colors melting into the shimmering formlessness of a golden background is, in fact, Mahakala. At the painting’s center is a dark blue patch, whose depths reveal three eyes and a fanged mouth, as if the deity is amazed at his extraordinary transformation.

Original artwork: The Melt, 2017, by Tsherin Sherpa (Nepalese, born 1968). Acrylic, ink and gold on canvas. Asian Art Museum, Museum purchase, 2017.44.

Additional Information:

  • Exclusively made for the Asian Art Museum
  • Made in USA
  • Ceramic with non-slip cork base
  • 4 X 4 inches