Materials: Wood, Made in
Height: 23 inches Width: 8 1/2 inches Depth: 6 inches
Weight: 7 1/2 pounds
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Cambodian Wood Buddha Statue
This carving of Shakyamuni Buddha sheltered by Muchalinda, the serpent or naga
king has a serene expression and well proportioned facial features. Lord
Buddha is seated in
meditation gesture (dhyana mudra) and is shown
with eyes cast downward and a slight smile alluding to his understanding of the
truth about life. His serene countenance is further emphasized by the
slender nose and high arch of his brows, both of which reveal a strong Khmer
Shakyamuni is shown seated in the half-lotus position upon the coils of
Muchalinda, a canopy of seven fierce serpents rises up behind the Buddha.
While Muchalinda is present in a number of accounts of the Buddha’s life, this
sculpture corresponds with an episode following Shakyamuni’s attainment of
nirvana. Residing in the bliss of enlightenment under the Bodhi tree, the
Buddha was threatened by a violent storm. Stirring from his abode at the
base of the tree, Muchalinda coiled himself around Shakyamuni for seven days to
shield him from the raging elements of the storm. Once the storm had
passed, the serpent king assumed his human form, bowed before Lord Buddha and
returned to his palace. Thereafter, Muchalinda was considered the Buddha’s
protector and was designated by the Enlightened One as the guardian of mantras
and sacred texts.
This sculpture is entirely hand-crafted and painted in rural villages in
Cambodia. Every piece is truly unique!
About Wood Lacquering & Gilding: The
artisans begin this process by sizing the wood, before applying colors made with
natural pigments. The pieces can be adorned with copper or gold leaf gilding.
Pieces that are glossy are sanded and polished in order to give them their
glossy finish. Some pieces may be lacquered, smoothed and then varnished.
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