Celestial maidens can be found in the folklores of almost every culture. In Asia, the Hindu and Buddhist traditions have influenced common elements into the heavenly maidens of India (Asparas: अप्सरा), China (Feitian: 飞天), Japan (Tennyo: 天女), and Korea (Seonnyeo: 선녀). These beings all typically possess great beauty, magical abilities, and the power of flight using special garments (without which they are grounded, making for some interesting folktales). Their western counterparts can be angels, fairies, or even valkyries, depending on their role within a specific folktale or belief system. My sculpture is based on the Korean Seonnyeo with the telltale double ringlets of hair, and her face was modeled after actress Kelly Hu. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.
Wet Clay Model