Khiimori (Wind Horse)
Height: 98 mm.
Length: 118 mm.
Khiimori or “the Wind Horse” is a symbol in Tibetan Buddhism that makes wishes come true and brings prosperity. The wind horse is considered a protective force of man, as well as a symbol of continuous movement, which is the essence of his energy (wind). The presence of the image of Khiimori helps a person to saddle his mind with this “wind” as a horse. And the controlled wind – the horse eliminates all obstacles, illnesses and failures.
In the new bronze work, the sculptor departs from the iconographic Buddhist image of the Khiimori, and gives his own interpretation of the image. In the work of Sergey Falkin the Buddhist horse gets wings, which brings associations with the mythical ancient Greek winged Pegasus – as fast as the wind, the favorite of the Muses and a source of inspiration.
This author’s approach to the Buddhist symbol reflects the artist’s idea of the unity of Europe and Asia, two parts of the world whose cultures are different in every aspect, but located on the same continent. Sergey Falkin connects Pegasus with the eastern horse by the wind, as if connecting East and West, generates the unity of opposites and in this way creates harmony.