Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Wisdom and Knowledge
The title of this small bronze pair has always bothered me, as the names are reversed from the characters in the photo. Knowledge is on the left and Wisdom is on the right. They don't seem to mind, however. They ignore my dilemma and continue their discourse through eternity. These diminutive monks are only about seven inches tall, and, being solid bronze instead of hollow, weigh about 3.3 pounds each. They fit nicely in the fist and are a must-have for women walking to their car from the office late night in a dark city parking garage. Don't leave home without them.
I've often been surprised at what couples choose these sculptures for purchase. Usually one member of the spouses or partners believes they are the one monk, and that their spouse/partner is the other. My reason for creating them back in 1999 was to help me have a caricature representation of the difference between Wisdom and Knowledge. You see how Knowledge grips his doctrine (or law or scripture) tightly to his chest, expounding it's virtues to Wisdom, who simply listens intently.