Following on from the last entry, an idea that has occured to me is to leave the idea of conventional statuary behind and adopt an image instead. Now, the problem I have with a straightforward painting is that it is two dimentional and doesnt have the same quiality in terms of being a 'home for the gods' as a three dimentional object. The answer to this is to use a triptych. Essentially a triptych is a three faced image; either three images which form one when placed side by side (or at least compliment each other) or it can be a construct in which the two side panels fold in like doors to enclose the larger main central panel.
This would address the idea of it being a home, a palce in which the god or at least part of them can reside - a little hidey hole for them - in the manner which I feel a statue can. It still has a lack of 3-dimentionality to it, which led me to my next idea; an idea pulled from programmes of the Take Hart ilk. I am going to find or make a nice image representative of the god in question, then, with the aid of glue and a little papier mache, I am going to turn a 2D image into a 3D one. Something along the lines of making a papier mache moulding on which to stick the image of the god (whole or in bits) so that the image is raised up in the relevant places. I am finding it hard to convey the idea properly in words and Google is not proving useful in finding the kind of thing I am thinking of.
Come to think of it, these Buddhist ones are gorgeous and perhaps something along the lines of what I am after.