This beautifully serene Balinese wood Buddha stands on an intricately carved three-tiered lotus base. Lord Buddha’s right hand is raised in the abhaya mudra also known as the gesture of protection. In his left hand he holds a small vessel which in both Buddhism and Hinduism alike is said to contain amrita, the divine nectar of the gods which was also believed to have healing properties.
This Buddha is carved from the trunk of a rain-tree. The natural gradation of the wood from dark to light color throughout this piece is stunning! Only master artisans are experienced enough to carve full tree carvings. The artist must have a very keen eye in order to see the contour and shape of the tree and bring life to it. The back of this sculpture is also fully carved. This sculpture was entirely hand carved in the living postcard island of Bali.
Lord Buddha’s hands are in the dharmachakra mudra. This is the gesture of teaching. Dharma means ‘law’ and chakra means ‘wheel’ and is usually interpreted as turning the Wheel of Law. This was the hand gesture exhibited by Lord Buddha while preaching his first sermon after his enlightenment in the Deer Park at Sarnath, near Varanasi. This discourse is known as the ‘first turning of the wheel of dharma, when the Buddha taught the doctrines of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Noble Path to five Indian mendicants. This one of a kind Buddha statue is hand carved out of rain tree wood by the very talented artists of Bali, Indonesia!
The iconography of Quan Yin depicts her in many forms, each one revealing a unique aspect of her merciful presence. In this statue she is portrayed standing on a blooming lotus base with water lilies. She wears a beautiful flowing robe and ornaments symbolic of her virtues. Her head is bent slightly forward as if looking, listening for any cry for help. The wood grain has a beautiful gradation of color. The carving on this piece is absolutely superb!!!
About Quan Yin:
Quan Yin (also spelled Kuan Yin or Guan Yin), is known as the Goddess of Compassion, and she is one of the most popular deities in all of Asia. Her name in Chinese roughly translates to “The One Who hears the Cries of the World”. Many believe that she is the female representation of Avalokiteshvara, the Tibetan and Nepalese God of Compassion. As a Bodhisattva, she has chosen to put off her complete, unexcelled, perfect enlightenment for the benefit of beings everywhere, and will wait as long as there is one being who is not enlightened.
This wood sculpture is a one of a kind statue, hand carved by the very talented artists of Bali, Indonesia. Every piece is truly unique!
Lord Buddha’s hands are in the dharmachakra mudra, the gesture of teaching. Dharma means ‘law’ and chakra means ‘wheel.’ Together they mean “turning the Wheel of Law.” This hand gesture was used by Lord Buddha while preaching his first sermon in Sarnath.
This sculpture was entirely hand carved and hand painted in Bali, Indonesia. Every piece is truly unique!