King Ashoka. 2008

Author: Alexey Leonov
Material: Shamotte
Location: Private collection

“King Ashoka”. 2008, fireclay.

“All people are my children. Everything that I wish for my children, and I wish them wealth and happiness in this world and in the next, that I wish for all people. ” (Ashoka).

“Ashoka was an ardent devotee of Buddhism; who kept in their palace from 60 to 70 thousand monks and priests, and who erected 84,000 dagobas and stupas throughout India, ruled for 36 years (from 268 to 232 BC) and sent missions to Ceylon and around the world … The inscriptions of various edicts proclaimed by him reveal the noblest ethical thoughts … These sayings are majestic and poetic, express tenderness to both animals and people, and an exalted view of the mission of the ruler in relation to his people, which could be followed with great success in our era … “(HP Blavatsky, Theosophical Dictionary).