SOLD Medium Copper Buddhist Alms Bowl 5"
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SOLD Medium Copper Buddhist Alms Bowl 5"

Item #: 1ab3

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This statue is sold. We may have another statue that is similar or we may be able to commission another for you. Please contact us at [email protected] or 760-994-4455 if you are interested in learning more.


Statue Details

Materials: Copper Sheets Hand Crafted in Baan Bat Village, Bangkok, Thailand
Total Height Including Base: 5 inches or 13 cms, Alms Bowl 4 inches, Brass Stand 1 inch
Widest Point: 6 inches
Base Width & Depth: Rim Opening 5 inches across
Weight: .5 pound or .2 kgs
  • Baan Bat, or Monks Bowl Village, is believed to be the last community in Thailand where craftsmen still make alms bowls by hand.  Currently, only 6 families in Baan Bat are still hand crafting the alms bowls. Only a few bowls each month are completed.
  • Each bowl is assembled from eight strips of metal that represent Buddha's Eightfold Path. The strips are placed in a fire for six hours, then hammered into a curve, then overlaid like spokes, and soldered together to create the initial shape. Then heated again and hammered for hours to create their distinct hammer pocked surface. A unique U-shaped hammer is used to hammer out the inside of the bowl. The surface then gets polished and lacquered to a deep sheen
  • Each alms bowl is a work of art with no two being alike
Description
Alms Bowls: Alms bowls are typically purchased by the faithful and donated to monks.  Virtually every Buddhist monk in Thailand,Burma, Laos, Cambodia and Sri Lanka uses alms bowls to collect donations of food from the lay community each morning, a custom in place since the Buddha. Modern alms bowls are typically factory produced.

The Baan Bat community persists with an age-old method of crafting the bowls from slabs of raw steel using only their hands and a hammer giving each bowl a timeless appeal

Hammering the outside of the alms bowl giving the bowl its distinctive, hammer pocked surface

Using a large, curved, U-shaped hammer to hammer the inside of the alms bowl

Meticulously finishing the inside of the alms bowl
Care

Copper statues from Nepali do not need much maintenance.  The best way to maintain the statue is to simply dust the piece periodically to keep any dirt from accumulating.  They are meant solely for indoor use. 

"If you would like the piece to shine use a cotton cloth with some coconut oil or other natural oil to wipe down the copper statue. Pay special attention to not go over any painted area of the sculpture."

If you are really interested in making the statue shine you can use some natural oil, like coconut oil or olive oil, and a cotton rag to wipe down the metal portions of the piece.  You can use a toothbrush as well to get into the small crevices of the statue.  Please pay special attention to not use any oil on any painted surface of the sculpture, such as the face.  This will damage the paint and possibly recolor the painted area.  Simply use a cotton cloth to dust the face if the face requires attention.  Make sure the surface that touches the face does not have any oils present on it.  If there are natural stones on the sculpture use caution while going over the stones as they can become dislodged while handling the sculpture. 

If you have any questions concerning your bronze statue please email us at [email protected] or call us at 1(760) 994-4455.

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This sculpture is in our Oceanside, California store and ready for immediate shipping. The shipping charge is automatically calculated by UPS for shipping within the United States. Each sculpture is usually shipped within 24 hours of the order with the exception of the weekend.
You can obtain a shipping quote for any statue by clicking the link, Calculate Shipping beneath to the Add To Cart button on every statues' page.  Besides the shipping price, the results will also display the date the statue will arrive at your home. Lotus Sculpture uses Instapak foam injection packing system or bubble wrap and recycled peanuts to ensure that all our pieces arrive undamaged. Click here to learn more about Lotus Sculptures packing.

International Shipping

This sculpture is in our Oceanside, California store and ready for immediate shipping to anywhere in the world. ​International shipping charges will be calculated automatically upon checkout. ​
You can obtain a shipping quote for any statue by clicking the link, Calculate Shipping beneath to the Add To Cart button on every statues' page.  Or you can email [email protected] or call us 760-994-4455 to receive a shipping quote. Please include the item number of the statue you are interested in purchasing as well as your country and postal code.​  Lotus Sculpture uses Instapak foam injection packing system or bubble wrap and recycled peanuts to ensure that all our pieces arrive undamaged. Click here to learn more about Lotus Sculptures packing.