The artist Natsue Mami depicts works with a gentle yet pop style on the theme of Buddhism. The "Zodiac Guardian Deities" Art Frame S is a renewed version that has changed the size to a more easily decorable photo frame size compared to the previous work. The finish of the frame has also been changed from a calm wide matte black frame to an antique gold. The art print, finished with the brilliant HAKU Giclee technique, is further enhanced.
The theme of the work, the "Zodiac Guardian Deities," refers to the Buddhas corresponding to the zodiac sign of the birth year. Also known as the "Guardian Deity for a Lifetime," it literally watches over our entire lives. To strengthen the power of protection, this work has received grateful prayers at the Jyorin-in, a sub-temple of the Zenko-ji Temple in Shinshu, and comes with a certificate of the prayer as proof. As a source of nourishment for your heart in the present, and as a reliable guardian Buddha to protect the new life to come, please cherish it for a long time. It is also a wonderful gift for your loved ones.
Utilizing high-quality printing with digital technology, HAKU Giclee applies a special process called Scodix. This technique involves layering metal foils and transparent resin along the pattern, creating a three-dimensional, sculptural effect similar to engraving.
①Clear: Raises rigid resin to add three-dimensionality and transparent brilliance.
②Metal Foil: Emits reflections and brilliance that cannot be achieved with regular printing using gold and silver foils.
③Pear Texture: Emphasizes a rough texture similar to the surface of a pear's skin.
④Matte: Expresses a calm texture by suppressing gloss.
The Guardian Deities for the Zodiac, believed to have been worshipped since the Edo period. You may wonder why the eight Buddhas govern the twelve zodiac signs. This belief actually stems from the concept of directions. Generally, directions are represented by the eight directions such as east, west, south, north, and the four intermediate directions like northeast. In Buddhism, there are Buddhas (guardian deities) that protect each direction, and in Onmyodo, the twelve zodiac signs were allocated to each of the eight directions. Over time, these two ideas became intertwined, giving rise to the belief in the "Zodiac Guardian Deities."
The "Zodiac Guardian Deities" can be displayed anywhere. It can be hung on the wall with the hook on the back of the frame, and it can also be placed and displayed using the included standing bar. Moreover, its compact size allows for easy carrying in a bag, making it recommended to bring along as a protective deity on your travels. It is a reliable Buddha that watches over you anytime, anywhere.
Thank you for viewing the "Zodiac Guardian Deities." Even Buddha statues with stern expressions can become familiar by carefully advancing the brush with soft colors and fine lines. As it is a size that can be placed nearby, I believe it can be widely used in various scenes such as the bedroom, workplace, and living room. I hope this work brings peace of mind to those near you.
Natsue Mami, Buddhist painter
Deeply interested in Buddhist art, she expresses the beauty and severity of Buddhist statues using various media such as acrylic, pen drawings, and silkscreen, creating a unique worldview. Her creative activities extend beyond painting, also working as an illustrator and manga artist. She has held numerous solo and group exhibitions.