Mandalay Style, c. late 19th centuryA gentle and urbane expression, accentuated by the rhythmic cascade of ornately decorated robes, which flow down in melodious curves through the stylish sweep of the gem-embellished hemline, sets the elegant tone of this magnificent Mandalay example of Burmese high mannerism. Here refinement alone - and not overt symbols such as crown and jewelry - associates the Buddha with the power and wealth of royalty, a 19th century art fashion, and lends the gilded patina a mellow and warm tone. The small rounded object which the Buddha holds in his right hand is the myrobalan, the medical fruit that Indra gave to the Buddha after his Enlightenment when, upon consuming his first meal of milk and honey, he was suffered stomach pains. The myrobalan is fabled to have sprung up when Indra first split a drop of ambrosia on the ground. Known in Latin as the Terminalia Chebula, and in English as the Ink Nut, the myrobalan is credited with laxative and tonic properties. It is also known as an anti-stress adaptogen, similar to ginseng, promoting mental clarity and improved concentration.
Wood Eastern Serenitys carved wood products come from environmentally friendly tropical wood. Tropical Thai wood is the perfect material for all the wood products you will find here at Eastern Serenity. The wood used is fumigated and oven-dried to ensure pest removal and provide weather resistance. Each item is hand carved using traditional techniques passed down through generations of skilled artisans. Appropriately sized pieces of wood are used to minimize waste. The basic shape is carved using large chisels and block hammers, the sculpture becoming increasingly more defined as the finer details are then carved into the wood piece using detailing tools, fine sanding, and intricate brushwork. This attention to detail creates a piece that will add its unique presence to any environment.