Ode to a Design Goddess, The Story Behind the Mirror

Inspired by Durga, The Mother Goddess

When it comes to KOKET’s desire for the Goddess Mirror to serve as an empowering symbol anywhere it hangs, the inspiration behind the piece, the story of the powerful Hindu Goddess Durga, is vital.

The Legend of Durga

According to Wikipedia, the most popular Hindu legend associated with the goddess is her killing of Mahishasura, a half-buffalo demon who severed penance to please Brahma, the creator.

The Iconography of Durga

In suit with the legend above, the most common depictions of Durga show her with between eight and eighteen arms. With each hand holding a weapon to destroy and create. She is also generally riding a lion or tiger and defeating demons. It is believed that the first depictions of Durga date back to the Indus Valley Civilization. A Bronze age civilization that existed between 3300–1300 BCE in the northwestern regions of South Asia.

The Work of Art

Composed of more than 200 brass hands spiraling around a circular mirror, the Goddess Mirror is a stunning work of art. Each hand is individually crafted by KOKET’s artisans, then painstakingly polished one by one resulting in this masterful piece of interior jewelry.

The Casting of the Goddess Mirror

Down a long cobblestone road outside the Portuguese city of Oporto sits a workshop in the home of one of KOKET’s sand casting masters. Using the traditional techniques learned from his patriarchs, which he will pass to his children, he passionately embarks on the entirely handmade process of creating the hands of KOKET’s Goddess Mirror.

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