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Sculpting Buddha Statue-How are they made? Making of Buddha statue by Lost Wax Method.

Sculpting Buddha Statue By Lost Wax Method

Sculpting Buddha statue is a lengthy process which requires great skill and time. Sculpting of a large piece can take up to 6 or even more months and several artisans to work on it for accomplishment. In ancient times, the methods of making statues were kept secret among few families in Patan and Kathmandu. The skill was passed down to generation and was guarded from those outside the family circle.

The process of making of a Buddha statue is known as Lost Wax method as the original wax model is drained out by heat from the mold and is LOST in that sense. There are mainly three major steps of casting a sculpture and two other steps to completing a Buddha statue.

How to make a Buddha statue step by step?

  1. Sculpturing a wax mold,
  2. Making of a Buddha clay model
  3. Metal casting.
  4. Hand Carving
  5. Polishing and Finishing with either plain copper or gold plated body.
    1. Face is also either painted with 24 k gold or left with copper finish.
    2. Plain copper can be made to look new or antique
Buddha Statue Wax Model
Buddha Statue Wax Model
Wax Model Buddha Statue
Wax Model Example

Firstly, a core model is made based on a buddha rupa needed using beeswax. This should represent exactly how the statue will appear after completion. For each statue, separate core wax model should be made. The thickness of wax model should exactly be as the thickness desired for the metal statue. Tools made from horn of animals are used to design the wax model. The black wax model is made by softening the wax by heating. The artist gives a definite structure and makes a wax model as how it should appear in metal.

After the wax model is ready, in the second stage, it is covered with thin layer of liquefied soil mixed with cow dung known as clay. A thick layer of clay is put on top of  the structure which is mixed with rice peel to make it thicker.

Wax models Examples


making of clay
Making of Clay

There are different kinds of clay. They can be grey clay, yellow clay, black clay. They are used based on the type of statues needed to make. Like for finer prints and carvings imprints we use the right proportion of cow-dong and grey clay. It gives more smoother impressions. Once the wax model is covered with clay, it is dried in sun for several days. The nails are put through the wax to hold the outer mold away from the core, which stop it from collapsing as the metal run through.

Clay Moulding
Clay Molding

Once the wax model is dried completely it is baked in a very hot kiln which melts the wax inside. The melted wax is poured out by making a small hole with a pointed tool. Through same hole the extremely heated and liquefied metal is poured inside. The amount of the required metal can be estimated from the amount of wax used because the liquid metal will replace the beeswax in the mold block. Normally one kilogram of wax is replaced by 100 grams of metal. So this is difficult very process which has to be done carefully. The wax model should not be damaged or broken in the process.

Sculpting Buddha - Semi finished state
Buddha Semi finished State

The metal takes the shape of the wax inside the soil coat. It is placed in the cold water for cooling. After several days the soil coated is broken by hammer and the rough metal statue is obtained. This entire process is completed in more or less 2 months. This depends on season and the particular days. If they are mostly sunny days then the time required to dry up the clay coat will shorten. If it is winter season and there are mostly damp days with out sun then it takes a lot of time.

The rough metal statue still needs a lot of work- it needs to be smoothed, trimmed, carved and polished. Sometime there are leftover chunks of metal that need to fill off. The holes from the nails that kept the core separate from the plaster mold during casting may be filled with the same metal as was used for the image- so you can hardly see them. If the metal failed to reach any parts of the image, patches may also now be added on and smoothed over.Once the rough metal statue is smoothed and polished, then carving and detailing works are done.

Handcarving Buddha Statue

HandCarving Work in Progress
Hand-carving Work in Progress

Generally body is divided into two parts. One is lotus base and the other is the body and head of a statue. Fine hand carving is one of the most critical part of the process as it defines the outer look and higher quality. More finer the carvings with more details higher is the quality of a statue. You can take a look at the pictures below.Sculpting Buddha Face Carvings

Sculpting Buddha Face Carvings

Fine Hand Carvings on Body
Fine Hand Carvings on Body


Sculpting Buddha - Lotus Base Semi Finished
Sculpting Buddha – Lotus Base Semi Finished

Now, the statue can be completed in either plain polished copper , oxidized to give antique look, Partially or fully gold plated body, 24k gold painted face etc. Buyers can customize at this particular state. Once the statue is completed in either style it cannot be reverted. Here is an example of a sculpting Buddha work in progress. It is on the way to getting partially gold plated body and face gold painted with 24 k gold.

At this state all the carvings are done with initial polishing of the body. Face is painted with first layer of gold. Once the gold is dried up paintings are done on top of it with eyes, nose, lips and tika. Also the hair color is painted with either black blue color depending on buyers choice. Lotus base is separately worked on where the petals are gold plated. In  this particular case, it is partially gold plated. Only the flesh parts are gold plated. The robe parts are painted with brown color.

Sculpting Buddha Work in Progress
Sculpting Work in Progress

Gold Buddha - 24K Gold Painted face

Face is the most essential part. It is ultimately the part which gives away expression. It needs to have compassionate look as of the enlightened Buddha. Only specialized artisans focused on painting faces can do it with their decades of experience.You can notice the details in making eyes, eyebrows above, tika, nose work, lips and even the complexion of the cheek and overall face. The combination has to be perfect to give a compassionate look. While painting neck part is also taken care of. And You have to take notice of the long ears too. It is also gold painted by hand carefully. So this is how we make a Buddha Face look compassionate and inspiring.After all the hard work , its time to put all things together with base lotus and body fit together. And here is the final look of the finely completed face

The face is the final stage of making a buddha statue. Once it is completed we can consider Buddha statue to be completed. And here is the example of completed partially gold plated Buddha Statue. Sculpting Buddha Completed

Of course, you can find beautiful Buddha statues that are completed in other styles as well. They can come in Full Gold Statue. Here the entire body is fully gold plated with 24 k gold. Gold plating in traditional Newari style is different than simply electroplating. In traditional gold plating gold is mixed with ancient solution to make it so call pala. It is then pasted by hand on the parts of the statues. Where as in electroplating the statue is simply dipped in liquid solution  using modern electroplating technique. Traditional method is much expensive and consumes lots of gold than in electroplating. The quality of gold plating in traditional way is much higher than electroplating.

Besides gold plating Buddha statues can come in other forms as well like  oxidized and antiquated to give antique look. They can also be completed in plain copper finish.  You can check our beautiful Buddha statues made by lost wax method in our Buddhist Store. Check out Full Gold Buddha statue, Partial gold Buddha Statue, Antique Look Buddha Statue etc. from our store.

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Amitabha Buddha- one of the most popular Dhyani Buddhas

Amitabha Buddha Statue for sale

Amitabha Buddha is one of the most popular and well-known Buddha. It is a member of well know Pancha Buddha or Five Dhayani Buddhas. It is also known as Amitayus. Philosophically Amitabha means boundless light and boundless happiness. It is common belief that he resides in the “sukhabatti bhavan” Land of Ultimate Bliss (also called as Pure Land) in peaceful meditation. In this Pure Land  all beings enjoy boundless happiness and peace.

The spiritual power of Amitabha Buddha, helps all beings in this world with better understanding of teaching of Buddha if practiced regularly and diligently. And this will ultimately help in attaining the Nirvana ultimate enlightenment. Nirvana, is the state of mind that you achieve when you no longer suffer with the help of wisdom you have achieved with practice of meditation and teachings of Buddha. So by reciting Amitabha Buddha’s name and meditating, some Buddhist followers hope that they will be born in this Pure Land after their lives on earth. They also mimic the position of Amitabha Buddha while worshiping by holding a patra on the palm of the hand and sitting in the same posture.

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Vajrasattva Dhyani Buddha-Priest of the Five Dhyani Buddha.

Vajrasattva Buddha Statue
Vajrasattva Buddha Statue

Vajrasattva Buddha is one of the main deities of Vajrayana Buddhism. In Tibetan and Nepalese Buddhism it is considered as the sixth Dhyani Buddha, as the priest of the Five-Dhyani Buddhas (Pancha Buddhas). Followers or devotees worship him in a secret way. The lessons are not revealed to those who do not follow the path of Vajrayana Buddhism. In a way, it does not have easy access. One has to fulfill the norms of Vajrayana Buddhism.

Vajrasattva Buddha rupa has two forms, one is single and another is YabYum (Tibetan Form – it comes with the consort or partner). This Dhyani Buddha wears all the rich jewelry gold or silver ornaments with precious or semi precious stones carved in them , rich dresses and crown decorated again with precious metals and stones. These ornaments are typically made in Lalitpur, Nepal. Check here for Newari Tibetan Ornaments and ritual items.

Just like other other Dhyani Buddhas , Vajrasattva sits cross-legged in the meditative pose. But the difference is he carries Vajra (Dorje Tibetan term) in his right hand with palms facing upward against the chest. Bell also called Ghanta is in the left hand resting upon the left thigh.

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Buy Buddha Statue – Where to look for best Buddha Figurines?

Best place and factors to consider to buy buddha statue.

Shakyamuni buddha - buy Buddha Statue
Shakyamuni Buddha statue

Buddha statues with various positions are made particularly to educate certain concept of the Buddhist philosophy. There are various types of them like Standing Buddha, sleeping Buddha, laughing Buddha, blessing Buddha, meditating Buddha, teaching Buddha etc. Different positions from the statues hold different meanings and teachings. You need to understand these postures to buy buddha statue.

Buddhism is really a philosophy according to empathy to attain enlightenment known as “Nirvana.” Buddhism explains the truth that the main of sufferings and unhappiness is our very own condition of mind and exactly how we see things. When we start and then purify our mind and soul with the aid of Vipassana Meditation, ultimately, the condition of evergreen happiness free of sorrow and discomfort known as “Nirvana” is possible.

First thing to consider to buy Buddha statue is the type of statue. Good statues of Buddha would be the handmade ones. They’re unique towards the artisans creativeness and hands work.These statues of Buddha are particularly, initially and solely produced in Nepal by specialist Newari artisans. The fine artistry and talent they acquired are descended down from their ancestors for generations. Shakyas would be the major artisans and contributors in allowing the statues of Buddha.

A best place to buy Buddha statue is Patan, Nepal. It is the heart of handicraft industry in Nepal. This is actually the place where the majority of the Newar artists live.

Patan Durbar Square, Thamel, Basantapur Durbar Square, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square would be the major places and you’ll discover top quality statues of Buddha. You can buy buddha statue either in wholesale price for bulk purchases or retail price for single purchase.

Buddha statues are created with number of materials. During these stores, you’ll find different statues made from various materials like golden, antique, Oxidized, Copper, Bronze, Brass, silver, wooden, resin, very statues etc. They can also come in full or partial gold plating.

You won’t just have some excellent Buddha Statues at Great discounts but additionally excellent info on Tibetan Buddhist culture and Nepalese Buddhist culture here. There are Buddha Statues available in local online retailers.  Here are few places where you can find actual Newar Manufacturers selling online.

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Green Tara – Goddess of Compassion and Enlightenment

Green TaraGreen Tara  in Sanskrit Language is called  “Syamatara”, in Tibet is called: “Grol ma ljang gu”) It is considered the embodiment of the activity of all Buddhas. She lends a helpful hand to lift us up to a mountain of enlightenment. In other words she helps and guides us in the process of achieving enlightenment path to Nirvana.

Green Tara symbolizes the female side of wisdom activity in our mind and is basically an emanation of the air-element (Amoghsiddhi Buddha). She is also called ‘Mother of All Buddhas’ and has many peaceful and wrathful  forms. By practicing the teaching of the goddess we can achieve quick thinking and quick learning of wisdom, generosity, magical perfection, fearlessness and spontaneity to reach a quick karmic achievements

Green Tara is very famous among the Buddhist followers of Tibetan and Newari Buddhism. They chant the mantras of different forms of Taras. All together there are family of 21 taras. White Tara is another form of Tara which they also called Saptalochana Tara with seven eyes.

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How to Identify Antique Statues? Antiques and Collectibles

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Antique Statues - Shakyamuni Buddha
Antique Statues – Shakyamuni Buddha

There are certain group of people who are interested in collecting antique statues and collectibles. Antique collection is a passionate and profitable hobby.

Antiques represent the true art and history of a place. We have heard of vanished civilizations. However, their identity is preserved by the antiques we find  today. That is the reason why antiques are priceless. An antique collector most likely is interested in the history and ancient art of certain places. Antiques can come in different forms like like antique sculptures, painting, coins, decorating pieces, furniture, and many more.

While talking about the antique statues, they can be classified according to the age and style of the statue. The question may arise, how to identify the antique statues? The following tips can help you to determine the real antique statues.

  • Antique statues do not have sharp ends. Due to the friction while handling for so many years, end parts of the statue are scrubbed and the carvings can be seen faded. Some parts of statues are even shiny.
  • Another factor is age. The artwork and the designs on the statue are most helpful indicators to know the age and origin of the statue. There seems to be certain style and design representing the certain of era when the statue is made. For example plain body with less carving is more prominent design of 17 th century than the carved complex designs of 19th century. Also studying the materials used to make statue like brass, copper or bronze can help in identifying age.
  • Also, learning where the statue was made or originated from helps in identifying age of the statue. Similarly trying to find out the artist or manufacturer who made the statue will greatly enhance our knowledge of the antiquity and era of the statue.
  • Taking pictures of the statue in questions can do the trick and help you in analyzing it. So, take pictures of the statue from different angles including the carvings, curves, signs or stamps on the statue. Analyzing through pictures will help greatly in the research.
  • Certain tools can also be helpful in studying antiques like magnifying glass, Black- light, Digital Cameras, GPS Navigation Device. These tools will simplify the identification of the antique statue.
  • A museum can be the very good source to study about antiques. There you can find similar art and designs to compare and know the age of a statue. Like art and design widely used in making statue in 17th century. You can see the reference of the statue in museum to check the age and its corresponding art and designs.
  • And finally, indeed taking help of an antique expert can help you greatly to identify age, value and legitimacy of the antique in hand.

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Shakyamuni Buddha – Bhumisparsa Mudra – Nirvana

Shakyamuni Buddha
Shakyamuni Buddha

Shakyamuni Buddha was born in Kapilvastu District, Lumbini Zone (Nepal) in between 563 and 483 BC. He was born in a shakya clan to father King Suddhodana and Queen Mahamaya the mother. Siddhartha is believed to have reincarnated thousands of times as a bodhisattva to earn good karma, a prerequisite towards becoming a Buddha.

According to ancient legend, Siddhartha’s mother, Mahamaya had a premonitory dream: A white elephant with six tusks descended from the heavens surrounded by a chorus of beatific praises. The elephant approached her, holding a pink lotus flower in its trunk, and placed the flower within the queen’s body. Then the elephant entered her body with ease, and she experienced deep sense of bliss and harmony.

The king summoned holy men to interpret the meaning of the queen’s dream..Their conclusion: “The queen will give birth to a son who will be a great leader. He is destined to become either a mighty emperor who rules throughout the four directions, or a great Teacher who will show the Way of Truth to all beings in Heaven and Earth.” The queen’s dream turned out to be an auspicious omen of the advent of someone special. Keeping to the tradition of those days, the queen visited her parental home to give birth. On the way, there lie the beautiful garden of Lumbini.

She decided to take some rest in the garden. It was a lovely spring day. Flowers were in full bloom, birds were singing delightfully. Engrossed in the pleasure of the moment, queen Mahamaya suddenly felt uneasy, she was about to have childbirth. Standing and holding a tree branch with one hand, Queen Mahamaya gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama. As soon as he came out of the queen’s womb, Siddhartha walked 7 steps towards the four cardinal directions highlighting his divine origin.. There is an old statue presiding inside the Lumbini museum of Nepal which depicts that scene of nativity.

King Suddhodana sought the help of a Brahmin who referred to the three Vedas to name the child as Siddhartha which means ” one whose mission is accomplished”. It was only after Siddhartha received enlightenment that he became renowned as Shakyamuni Buddha, which means ” the enlightened one”

In his youth, Siddhartha was exceptionally intelligent, strong and artistic, surpassing all others in his generation. Married Yasodhara at the age of seventeen, who gave birth to a son, Rahula. Sufferings of mankind like sickness, old age and death deeply disturbed young prince Siddhartha. Seeking the truth behind human suffering and meaning of existence, Siddhartha renounced his royal life to become an ascetic at the age of twenty nine in search of a solution to the four sufferings common to all people: birth into this troubled world, sickness, old age and death.

He headed towards the mountains near the Nairanjana River where he spent six years.Several years of suffering and penance of ascetic life, however,lead him to conclude that attempting to overcome human suffering and desire through self-denial and force of will was counter productive. Instead he preferred technique of moderation and balance.But his moderate stance disillusioned some Brahmin followers who abandoned Siddhartha saying that their master had lost spiritual fervor. Nevertheless, Siddhartha continued this approach. He began the historic meditation under a large bodhi tree near Bodhgaya ( at present in North India). on a full moon day around 588 BC, Siddhartha Gautama attained Nirvana, the liberation from the cycle of birth and death. the next forty-five years of his life was dedicated towards preaching the dharma (Sacred knowledge revealed through enlightenment) among the masses.

In Buddhist philosophy, enlightenment is a state in which one comes to understand the true nature of reality and is released from the endless cycle of birth and rebirth that defines earthly existence. That auspicious moment is reflected in all of Buddha’s sculptures.

Shakyamuni Buddha’s message of peace, compassion and humanity spread as far as China and Japan in the East to Afghanistan and central Asia to the west. By the time, he died at the age of eighty in the city of Kusinagara, Buddhism had become a world religion. Buddhism took different forms as it spread in two main forms, the Theravada (or Hinayana – ‘lesser vehicle’) and the Mahayana (‘greater vehicle’).

Today Buddhism is adhered by one fifth of humanity. Shakyamuni Buddha‘s teaching of compassion, moderation and self communion with universal spirit is as relevant today as it was twenty six centuries ago. There is an interesting contradiction in contemporary Buddhism. Although Buddha himself never condoned idol worshipping, the most popular form of statue in the world is of Shakyamuni Buddha himself, usually in the lotus posture.

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White Tara – Tibetan and Newari Buddhist Deity

Symbolic Meaning of White Tara – Saptalochana Tara

White Tara Statue
White Tara Statue

White Tara is one of the set of Taras in Tibetan and Newari Buddhist Religion. She holds a very important role in Tibet and Nepal as it is worshiped in these areas of the world. It is believed that Tara in general protect the human beings while they are crossing the ocean of existence.

Among the two forms of Tara, White Tara is regarded as consort of Avalokiteshvara, some times also of Vairochana. She is usually depicted in seated position, dressed and crowned like a Bodhisattva. And sometimes she is regarded as Saptalochana Tara. Saptalochana simple means seven eyes. The deity has two normal eyes and extra eyes on her forehead, palm and feet and lotus flower at one or both of her shoulder. She is seated in full Vajra Posture. Her right hand is in boon conferring posture, her left hand in teaching gesture holding the stem of the lotus. She is found  wearing all sorts of precious ornaments which makes her look beautiful.

Tara is also considered as a goddess of forest relating to plant life like flowers and trees. Thanks to this, Tara is also regarded as a goddess of healing goddess. This is specially true to White Tara as she is not only treated as healing goddess but also as goddess of mother with quality like caring and nurturing and giving birth. Because of this people practice the teaching of  White Tara for healing purpose and prolonging healthy life. She is also considered by some as goddess or wind. This symbolizes that just like wind she quickly responses to any call for help. In other words, she is readily makes herself available to those who need her help.

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