Sunday, 8 November 2009

Symbolism in the imagery used to make Thai Buddha Statues

The style of Buddha Statues of the Sukhothai was one that that is
elegant with slender bodies and long oval faces. They became larger
and often located outdoors or in ornamental gardens being objects of
devotion and respect.

The images are without any recognisable anatomical detail an effect
enhanced by being cast in smooth metal rather than carving them in
wood that had been traditional until then.

Sukhothai also saw the introduction of the walking Buddha style and
the artist of the time set out to incorporate Buddha features than the
Pali scriptures defined these included;

Skin so smooth that dust cannot stick
Legs like those of a deer
Thighs like those of a banyan tree
Shoulders as massive as an elephant's head
Arms round like an elephant's trunk
Hands like lotuses flowers about to bloom
Fingertips turned back like the petals of a flower
Head like that of an egg
Hair like the stingers on a scorpion
Chin like a mango seed
Nose like the beak of a parrot
Earlobes lengthened by the earrings
Eyelashes like those of a cow
Eyebrows taut like that of an extended bow

We believe the Buddha’s statues, wall hangings and artefacts that we
sell at the Buddha’s Face strongly carry on this distinctive Thai
tradition whilst subtly alerting it for a more modern contemporary
style – ensuring the image remains inspiring and timeless whether you
display it in your home or more naturalistically in the garden.

The Buddha's Face - Asian Wall Art and Statues for your Home and Garden

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