This piece is inspired by the Adorned
Orant of Angkor Wat, a XVth century piece found in the National
Museum of Phnom Penh. Orants are compassionate beings, disciples
of the Buddha. They are also symbols of good luck and are often
placed in the entrance of homes welcoming guests. This Orant is
kneeling, expressing humility. His hands are in anjali mudra, the
universal greeting and gesture of respect throughout the Buddhist
world. This mudra is formed by placing the palms together at the
level of the heart, with the fingertips pointed upward.
This sculpture is entirely hand-crafted in rural villages in Cambodia. Every piece is truly
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.