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STATUARY BY ANAND NAREN
review by Anne Newkirk Niven for SageWoman

I don't often review products made by men in the pages of SageWoman, but in the case of Anand Naren's statuary, I just had to make an exception to my rule.

Anand's style might be called neo-classical; his designs are primarily original, but have such a feeling of antiquity that I could easily imagine them being made thousands of years ago by artisans in ancient Crete or Greece. Like ancient Goddess sculptures, Anand's pieces are voluptuously sized, joyfully posed and simply impressive without being ponderous. Small touches, such as a hole in the hand area, and several in the hair of "Earth Mother" for placing flowers, and Anand's personal connection with his work (of "Hanging Mermaid" he wrote "She likes to hang from a tree in the garden or close to a pool or hot tub -- born here in the desert she has a real 'longing' for water!" raises these pieces above the usual manufactured pieces found at your local garden supply store.

These pieces are handmade, and, as such, not inexpensive; but they are truly fine works of art and would be wonderful additions to anyone's home or (obviously) to a Goddess garden. It is also a genuine pleasure to support an artisan expressing the Goddess as in ancient times. Anand says on the opening page of his website: "The way to the altar of the Mother is to walk upon this blessed Earth with love and reverence, and if along the pathway there are goddess image to remind us of Her presence, it is good." I couldn't have expressed it better myself.

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