We have just received a new 40 foot container of stone and wood sculptures from Bali. Click on the video below to see the founder, Kyle, unloading one of our best sellers from the container, a 50 inch tall Buddha head fountain sculpture.
In the 40 foot container are garden Buddha and Ganesh statues as well as a couple of Foo Dog statues that we have been asked a lot about over the summer garden season.
Our wood fat and happy Buddha artist, William, has also developed a new color that combines antique black with gold hints which I was very excited to see!
If you are looking for a sculpture for your garden and dont see something you like on the website, please send me an email at [email protected] and I will be happy to see if one just arrived in this container. I can send you a quick picture too!
We have just received a new shipment of our hand made, panchaloha, lost wax method, bronze cast in South India as well as brass statues hand crafted in North India. Our stocks were getting low so we are so happy to have more statues to offer you!
They will be posted in the coming weeks and months as we slowly unpack them and post them on the website.
A shipment of stone and wood statues has just arrived from Bali. We get about 4 containers a year from Bali but this one was special. I was excited to see the wood wood panels I custom designed in my last trip to Bali. I knew that I wanted to give my wood artists more work and I have been hearing from customers, like you, that you wanted more wood wall panels.
I spoke with my fat and happy Buddha artist, Will, about him carving large Fat and Happy Buddha masks with only the smiling face of the Buddha as a wall hanging. Here they are and they look amazing! The grains of the wood are beautiful and just add life to the joy emanating from the Happy Buddha mask! I am so happy with Will’s work!
I also spoke to a wood artist, Mr Komang, about carving different types of wood panels. He typically only carves trees and flowers for panels but I love his work so I really wanted to work together with him to help him grow so I sent him pictures for ideas about what I would want for Lotus Sculpture. He was very excited and said he could surely carve what I was looking to do. We quickly agreed on the designs and this is the first time I am seeing them. They came out exactly how I envisioned them! I am so happy that I am bringing a new artist into the fold and giving him more work!
We also received about 50 stone statues mostly of the Buddha that will prepare us for the coming Spring season!
In 2016 I took a trip to Varanasi, India to buy white marble statues from Vijay. After 2 years of waiting the shipment has finally arrived!
The shipment contains white marble, black marble and sunnar stone of Hindu gods and the Buddha. Included were 8 huge statues of the Buddha, Shiva, Ganesh, Saraswati and Lakshmi!
You can view all our marble statues from this shipment here, View Marble Statues
Unloading a crate with a 4 foot tall white marble Lakshmi in it
All the crates inside the warehouse
The crates were HUGE!
6 foot tall painted Lakshmi and Ganesha statues
6 foot tall Saraswati and Shiva along with 4 foot tall statues of Durga, Shiva and Lakshmi
Vibhuti and Sindur, (or holy ash and kumkum) is found in just about every Hindu household around the world. Men apply what is called a tilak and women apply what is called a bindi. The use of the coloured powder and ash is essential to Hindus and the Indian culture as a whole. They even call the god Shiva as “Digambar”; meaning clad-in-sky or clad in ashes. It is not uncommon to see many priests and monks walking about India covered head-to-toe in ash.
Vibhuti is a very fine white ash substance made from burning a specific kind ofwood during Agamic rituals. Vibhuti plays an extremely special role for the followers of Shiva, unlike the other sects which use primarily kumkum or sandalwood paste. Devotees of Shiva will either have three horizontal lines drawn on their foreheads or they will be covered entirely in ash. The vibhuti is also used during rituals in temples for Shiva.
Sindur, or more commonly called Kumkum, is a red-vermillion shaded powder made from turmeric powder mixed with lime. The acid in the lime causes the orange turmeric powder to turn a rich red when mixed and dried. Sindur plays a much more important role in the lives of women in India as almost all of them will adorn a bindi. Having sindur along the partition of a woman’s hairline indicates that she is married; women who are single simply where a single red dot and the widowed wear no bindi at all.
In temples and many people’s home shrines, vibhuti and sindur are applied to the foreheads and feet of the murtis. Often devotees will touch the sindur covered feet of a murti and then use that sindur to apply a tilak or bindi. The ash & powder are also used in other rituals in which they are liberally applied to smaller statues and the devotees foreheads’. Often, guests at one’s home will have a tilak or bindi applied when they walk through the threshold as in indian culture it is customary to literally treat their guests as though they were a statue in a temple.
If you happen to be interested in purchasing vibhuti or kumkum, Amazon has an amazing selection. Click here to view. Warning, be cautious of any cosmetic products you may purchase, always check the ingredients.
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