With so many Buddha and Ganesha statues on sale, how does a discerning buyer choose the right one? Here are a few tips to select the best statues in East Asia.
We live in a very stressful world where many of us are desperately seeking peace of some sort. One way of experiencing peace is by creating it in our own home through decor that promotes a peaceful way of being.
Some of us create a point of focus to concentrate all our energies to meditate upon to invite good energy into the home. Feng Shui practitioners would recommend idols, like those of Buddha or Ganesha for that purpose.
Buddha Idols And Ganesha Statues
Over the last decade, Buddha and Ganesha statues have become an eternal favourite among art connoisseurs and even followers. The followers create the deities they love in various forms. They could be standing, sitting, reclining, dancing, or even in the form of water features.
With the market opening up we have an array of Ganesha figurines and Buddha idols from the world over. Moreover, there are some people who don’t really mind spending a fortune on getting that one single piece that would give a sacred feel to the home.
Home decor stores in various parts of South and South-East Asia, have numerous statues of our beloved deities, in an assortment of forms, shapes, sizes, and made out of a variety of media. Sanjana Bahl, Nostalgia store owner in Alibaug, says”
With so many of them available in the market how does a discerning buyer tell the difference? Here are a few tips to select the best statues found in various locations in East Asia.
Blessing Pose Ganesha Fountain
Décor Studio’s Blessing Pose Ganesha Fountain is a beautiful addition to your home. Place It in the temple or living room for that graceful touch to your humble abode. It is also a great gifting idea as a housewarming or home decor gift.
The Idols Of Thailand
If you visit the highlands of Thailand you’ll find some of the most stunning pieces of Buddhas and Ganeshas in absolutely any form. The Ganeshas are intricately carved and Thai Buddha’s are finished with an interesting play of lacquered gold leaf (24 carats) and a sprinkling of colourful mirrors.
But you need to remember that all that glitters is not gold. The wood used is not of high quality. Local mango or Nadu woods are used to create the statues. The upside is that you can bargain heavily if buying from the night bazaars of Chaing Mai, or Bangkok.
Cute Black Buddha Monk Figurines
This set of 4 polyresins Cute Black Buddha Monk Figurines is the perfect housewarming or home décor gift for friends and family.
Statues Of India And Nepal
The vibrancy of Indian ethnicity has left its mark on elaborately impressed pieces of marble Ganesha and Buddha statues. The brass from Moradabad is highly renowned but does not do well in humid weather conditions. Brass is also high on maintenance.
Silver prices are rocketing, yet one can find stunning bejewelled pieces of silver Ganeshas and Buddhas, with precious and semi-precious stones. The North Eastern frontiers offer very graceful statues of Buddha and Ganesh, carved out of Yak bone.
There are also stunning pieces churned out of eight metal mixes. These statues from India definitely highlight its deep-rooted faith in religious idols.
Luvcraft Meditating Monk Buddha
The smoke backflow cone incense Luvcraft Meditating Monk Buddha is a decorative showpiece polyresin incense holder that has lord Buddha sitting and meditating beside a waterfall.
Simply place an incense cone at the top of the waterfall and with the cone’s special properties the smoke starts to flow in the reverse direction, that is from top to bottom creating a beautiful smokey waterfall.
Sri Lankan Idols
As you go down South to Sri Lanka, you’ll witness art at its best. The craftsmen here are known for their elaborate featuring.
They carve the most stunning Buddhas and Ganeshas in teak and mahogany. The artisans carve the piece all over (front and back), intricately finishing it in warm hues of browns.
Statues from Sri Lanka usually come with a certificate authenticating the legitimacy of the excellence of wood used. Because of their high quality, the Buddhas from this region are expensive and can be found in very few places around the country.
Cute Buddha Monk Statues
This set of 4 polyresins Cute Buddha Monk Statues is the perfect housewarming or home décor gift for friends and family.
While other regions excel in wood carving, the artisans of Bali excel in wood and stone carvings. Being a volcanically active country one can easily source the volcanic soft stone available in white and black in this region. Artisans have to be very careful while carving on this medium, as it crumbles easily.
The natural hard stone is indeed very tough to carve. Usually, life-size pieces are made out of hard stone. Because of the high density of this material transportation becomes difficult.
Bali also specializes in producing wonderful statuettes out of limestone, and a cement and granule mix. These artefacts made of stone (apart from volcanic stone) can withstand any weather.
As far as wood is concerned, the most exotic woods are is found in this region, from hibiscus (a two-toned wood) to crocodile wood, mahogany, teak, and even ebony. The finish of the works in this region is beautiful and bucolic. One can follow the veins of the wood through the carvings.
The islands of Indonesia are well known for Batik imprints. Some of the Buddhas and Ganesha’s are finished with a lovely Batik print, depicting good luck, marriage, or childbirth. The Balinese are also known for using obscure materials like eggshells, and resin in their statues.
Meditating Buddha Fountain
The meditating Buddha fountain is a beautiful addition to your home. Place it in the temple or living room for that graceful touch to your humble abode.
Pink Buddha Idol
This Pink Buddha Idol is made of polyresin and marble dust and makes a great gift and home decor item.
China’s Laughing Buddhas
In China, the Buddha acquires a whole new form. Unlike Bali or India, the Chinese specialize in porcelain and polyresin. Laughing Buddha statues, with appropriate symbols like the ingots, and money bags, are considered auspicious and symbols of good luck.
Some other embellishments unique to China include the use of semi-precious stones like Jade. The Chinese tradition also promotes the gifting of gold figurines on any auspicious occasion.
Buddha Statue with Wooden Royal Stand
This Buddha Statue with Wooden Royal Stand and tea light candle is made from resin and marble dust and makes a great home décor gift.
Hand Buddha Idol
This Hand Buddha Idol for home décor (also called Palm Buddha or Hath Buddha) is a traditional Buddha decorative showpiece sculpture that can be given as a home décor gift.
Lord Buddha is regarded as one of the most auspicious Gods of wealth and this handcrafted resin sculpture brings prosperity, success, and financial gains to the home. If you are out looking for the perfect Buddha idol that is elegant yet reflects your religious beliefs, then this is the perfect pick.
Gift this charismatic home décor item as a housewarming gift to your family and friends or a token of love and peace on Diwali or any other occasion. This Karigaari item is handcrafted and 100% hand-coloured.
Where To Place Your Statue
While buying a Buddha or Ganesha statue for your home can prove to be tricky, choosing where to place it could prove even more difficult. One must make sure that it doesn’t clash with the decor. A brighter piece could be placed on a high pedestal, against bright light.
The more authentic and bucolic pieces could have simpler settings. Last but not least, you must always get value for your money. This will only happen if you know exactly what you are buying.