Mount Meru

This cement relief of a 3-tiered lotus seems to me to be a representation of Mount Meru. I found it on a bench just outside the Asian Civilisation Museum here in Singapore. At each corner is a pair of parrots or parakeets with a tiny flame bud nestled in between the birds. So is it really Mount Meru?

With 8-petals to each lotus, it is reminiscent of Buddhism but with the parakeets, we can say an Hindu influence as well. Maybe that’s it seeing that there is an AngKor Wat exhibition on at the moment.

mount meru

 

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