The deep red colors of this piece
accented with golden strokes are absolutely stunning. Lord Buddha is
depicted holding a begging bowl. In Buddhism, the begging bowl, or
alms bowl, is one of the simplest but most important objects in the
daily lives of Buddhist monks. It is primarily a practical object,
used as a bowl in which to collect alms from lay supporters.
It also has symbolic significance associated with the historical Buddha. According to one legend, when Buddha began meditating beneath the bodhi tree, a young woman offered him a golden bowl filled with rice thinking he was the divinity of the tree. He divided the rice into 49 portions, one for each day until he would achieve enlightenment and threw the precious bowl into the river.
This and other legends, combined with its humble monastic uses, have made the simple begging bowl a symbol of the Buddha's teachings of non-attachment.
This wood sculpture is a one of a kind statue, hand carved by the very talented artists of the beautiful country of Cambodia!