SOLD Hand Carved Hibiscus Buddha Tree 41"
Item #: 2b42
Total Height Including Base: 41 inches
Base Width & Depth: 26 x 19 inches
Weight: 85 pounds
- A one of a kind masterpiece hand carved from the root of a hibiscus tree!
- The artists has carved two Buddhas into the natural contours of the wood
- The outside of the root is light colored wood while the inside is darker
- This piece is currently on display in the Deepak Chopra center, if ordered it would ship in three days time
The second laying Buddha located in the lower portion of the tree is masterfully carved to incorporate the beginning of the roots of the tree. His long legs are carved from the roots while his body is part of the trunk. The Buddha's long body is lounging comfortably on lily pads that surround the base of the sculpture. His right hand is in the jnana mudra or teaching gesture, while his left hand is tucked behind him in support. His face is delicate and peaceful. The face is entirely a lighter shade of wood, which really brings out the beauty of the Buddha's face and frames it perfectly with the dark hair.
Surrounding the base are more beautifully carved lily pads and a blooming flowers. Some of the roots are sanded down in order to make them smooth. The back of the sculpture is left in a more natural state, the knots of the tree are left raw which really adds a special dimension to the carving.
Only master artisans are entrusted to carve tree sculptures because they must use the natural curves and contours of the tree to create there vision. The vision of the artist is apparent in how he chooses to place the Buddha's hands and how he elected to keep the natural knots of the statue and incorporate them into the front portion of the piece. Rather than making the whole statue smooth, he kept the knots in some places which contrasts beautifully with the smooth surface of the carving. Overall a magnificent sculpture!
This wood sculpture is a one of a kind statue, hand carved by the artists of Bali, Indonesia.
The Buddha was a son of the rulers Sakyas. He was married at the age of 16 and lived in luxury and comfort sheltered from the harsh realities of life. When he was 29 he realized that men are subject to old age, sickness and death. He became aware of the suffering inherent in existence. He resolved to give up princely life and become a wandering ascetic (samana) in search for the Truth.
With the two of samanas he attained mystical states of elevated consciousness but he failed to find the Truth. He continued his search and was joined by five ascetics in a grove near Uruvela, where he practiced sever austerities and self-mortification for six years. When he fainted away in weakness, he abandoned ascetic practices to seek his own path to Enlightenment. Discarding the teachings of his contemporaries, through meditation he achieved Enlightenment, or ultimate understanding. There after the Buddha instructed his followers in the dharma (truth) and the "Middle Way" a path between worldly life and extremes of self-denial.
The essence of the Buddha's early preaching was said to be the four Noble truths: 1) life is fundamentally disappointment and suffering. 2) suffering is a result of one's desires for pleasure, power, and continued existence; 3) to stop disappointment and suffering on must stop desiring; and 4) the way to stop desiring and thus suffering is the Noble eight fold path - right views, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right awareness and right concentration. The realization of the truth of anatman (no eternal self) was taught as essential for the indescribable state of release called nirvana.
Wood statues are easy to take care of as they just need some annual upkeep to keep them looking as they did when they were first carved. All the wood used by Lotus Sculpure's artists is dried out for months. Moisture causes cracks in the sculpture as the wood contracts and expands in different temperatures. Our wood has little to no moisture in it assuring that the sculpture is not going to crack in its journey into different climates. Here are some simple tips to keep your statue in good condition:
- Dust the statue as needed to prevent dirt build up
- To make the statue shine use a natural wood cleaner and a cotton cloth to buff the sculpture
We recommend keeping wooden statues in an indoor environment. Wood statues can go outside however, they will wear more quickly and develop an antique appearance. If you would like to put a wood statue from Lotus Sculpture outside and keep the same appearance of the sculpture we would recommend first coating the statue with a couple of layers of sealant or polyurethane. We would then recommend placing the statue in a partially covered area. The more exposure to the elements the more the statue will wear over time. Please feel free to contact us directly if you have any questions regarding your wooden statue from Lotus Sculpture, (760) 994-4455 or [email protected]
This sculpture is in our Oceanside, California store and ready for immediate packing. Shipping is calculated from Oceanside, California after the purchase. This piece is too heavy to ship via UPS ground and will be shipped using R&L Freight Carriers. Approximately 3 working days are needed to pack the sculpture in its own custom wood crate. If you place your order online shipping will show in the order as $0. Shipping will be calculated based on the weight of the sculpture and the distance from Oceanside, CA to determine the shipping price. Shipping will then be added to the total after the order is placed. Please call 760-994-4455 or email us [email protected] for a shipping quote.International Shipping
This sculpture is in our Oceanside, California store and ready for immediate packing. Shipping is calculated from Oceanside, California after the purchase. This piece is too heavy to ship via UPS ground and will be shipped using an international freight service. Typically we use TNT Special Services as they give the most competitive rates. Approximately 3 working days are needed to pack the sculpture in its own custom wood crate. If you place your order online shipping will show in the order as $0. Shipping will be calculated based on the weight of the sculpture and the distance from Oceanside, CA to determine the shipping price. The shipping quote will be emailed to you and no charge will be made without your approval. Shipping will then be added to the total after the order is placed. Please call 760-994-4455 or email us [email protected] for a shipping quote.