Raku Vase Story – “The Brahmanda”

Egg shaped ceramic vase "The Brahmanda"

I have a confession to make.  I like eggs.  Scrambled, fried, eggs benedict and even the cosmic egg!  Maybe you have figured out what I had for breakfast!  You might be wondering what a cosmic egg is?  Well for one thing it is the subject of the next raku vase we will be profiling.

Cosmic Egg
Artist’s Depiction of a Cosmic Egg

 

The cosmic egg, or world egg is a common mythological component of many cultures and is usually involved in a creation story.  “The Brahmanda” is the name of this raku pottery vase.  The Sanskrit term Brahmanda is derived from two words – ‘Brahma’, the Hindu creator diety, and ‘anda’ which means egg.  Not only is the idea of a cosmic/world egg a part of Vedic mythology, it is common among many other cultures and civilizations like the Norse, Greeks, Phoenicians, and Egyptians and even among modern scientists.

 

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"The Brahmanda"

Raku Vase
The Alchemists Studio

Photo Credit:
Peter Reid Photography

 

Modern science has resurrected the concept of the cosmic egg.  Our version of this ancient myth is that all the mass of the universe was compressed into a gravitational singularity prior to the Big Bang.

I find that this vase has a very galactic feel to it, with it’s hues of blue and metallic, and textural components.  What story does this vase make you think of?  Or what does it remind you of?  You can see more of our vases here.

11 Comments

    1. Thanks for your thoughtful comment! It is a fascinating theory when you combine with the idea of the ‘Big Bang” and the fact that it is a cross cultural phenomenon.

      1. True that. I believe that in the heart of cultures were thoughts permeated on different scales, admired by different peoples, worshipped by different faiths but emanated by a single idea of origin and yet understood differently. Urheimat.

      2. Now you are speaking my language! Different ways of expressing a similar idea that may be interpreted differently!

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