Burma. Mandalay Style, c. early 20th centuryStanding upon a lotus base and displaying the abhaya (fear not) and varada (liberality) mudras, this colorful image is an attractive example of the cheerful and naive manner unique to the colloquial image. The richly embroidered hem and apron of the monastic robes - and the fact that they are draped formally over the left shoulder - give this image the air of sophistication. But the ingenuous expression - devoid of the spiritual powers that emanates from the metropolitan original - betrays the innocence (and provincial manufacture) of this charming and vibrant statue. Some of the most appealing Buddhist art often originates far from the high courts and cosmopolitan centers and, like this piece, retains an indefinable folk charm. (RN)
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.