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Descended Triangle No. 6

Contemporary Art

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.

—CG

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PRINTER Nancy Anello
PUBLISHER Crown Point Press
MEDIUM Color spit bite aquatints with soft ground etching and drypoint on gampi paper chine collé
DATES 1987
DIMENSIONS 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)
SIGNATURE Signed lower right
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 1991.215.9
EDITION Edition: 14/15
CREDIT LINE Gift of Nancy Genn
RIGHTS STATEMENT © Estate of Shoichi Ida
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CAPTION 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)
IMAGE overall, 1991.215.9_IMLS_PS4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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Shoichi Ida (Japanese, 1941-2006). <em>Descended Triangle No. 6</em>, 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)