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Hand Carved Cambodian Soapstone Buddha Statue 9"
Materials: Soapstone, Steatite
Origin: Hand Carved in Cambodia
Height: 9 inches, 22.86 cm
Width: 7 inches, 17.78 cm
Depth: 3 inches, 7.62 cm
Weight: 6 pounds
This Buddha has a distinct Cambodian style. Lord Buddha is in the
abhaya mudra also known as
the protection gesture and is seated on a double lotus throne. He is
depicted with heavy eyelids that evoke a mood of
introspection and detachment, enhanced by the hint of a smile on the
full lips. The distended earlobes, a legacy of Prince Siddhartha's
discarding his heavy gold jewelry further indicates the Buddha's
enlightened status. A simple yet elegant carving. There are two parts
to this piece, the Buddha and its double row lotus base. It is
unpolished and thus
has a matte finish.
Soapstone also known as "steatite" or "soaprock" is a stone which
is notable for its high degree of resistance to heat. In
Cambodia, soapstone, which mostly comes from the province of Pursat (in
part of the country) has been used to carve religious effigies since
the 17th century. Any variation in the color of the
stone is inherent to the very nature of the material, its array varies
from yellow-green to gray and deep purple.
This sculpture is a one of a kind statue, hand carved by the
artists of Cambodia. Every piece is truly unique!