Descended Triangle No. 6
This print evokes one of the key visual metaphors associated with Kali, who is sometimes depicted as pure geometric abstraction, in the form of a yantra, rather than as a multilimbed goddess. Yantras are spiritual visualization instruments specific to the philosophy and ritual of Tantra, a sect of both Hinduism and Buddhism. The Kali yantra is a red and black diagram of interlocking triangles, lotus petals, and geometric forms, and is one of several symbolic representations of shakti (female divine energy). The inverted triangle also resonates with the contemporary use of pink and black triangles as symbols of queer identity.
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Color spit bite aquatints with soft ground etching and drypoint on gampi paper chine collé
Sheet: 26 x 22 5/8 in. (66 x 57.5 cm)
Image: 14 x 14 in. (35.6 x 35.6 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower right
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Gift of Nancy Genn
© Estate of Shoichi Ida
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Shoichi Ida (Japanese, 1941-2006). Descended Triangle No. 6, 1987. Color spit bite aquatints with soft ground etching and drypoint on gampi paper chine collé, Sheet: 26 x 22 5/8 in. (66 x 57.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Nancy Genn, 1991.215.9. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1991.215.9_IMLS_PS4.jpg)
overall, 1991.215.9_IMLS_PS4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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