Many of our Unique, Genuine Antique Buddha statues once sat on an alter in a Burmese monastery, giving solace and a sense of peace to those who knelt before them in prayer.
No modern statue embodies the essence of a genuine antique Buddha statue, nor hold the mysteries of the stories they could tell if they could talk.
This is what makes many in our collection very special
they are genuine, unique and some are rare – not made for the tourist industry.
Many older Buddha Statues over their lifetime in a monastery have been considered worthy of restoration by the monks, mostly by re gilding, often not always done carefully.
An old antique Buddha statue not only expresses the imagination of the Burmese craftsmen, but also identifies the period in time and the area in which it was made.
Today there are a myriad of shops and garden centres selling Buddha statues in various sizes, many made from resin made to look like stone, whilst others are made from stone or cement made specifically for ornamentation to enhance the ambience of one’s home or garden.
A statue of the Buddha imparts a sense of peace, serenity and harmony wherever they are placed, they are representative of the enlightened Buddha, a reminder to each of us of life’s journey towards this goal.
The opening up of Burma to tourists saw a lot of old Buddha statues leave the monasteries, not because they were stolen, but because monasteries that benefited from the influx of tourists adopted the “out with the old and in with the new” attitude, exchanging many of these beautiful old statues for newly made statues.
Many old and antique Buddha statues were sold to very eager foreign buyers, or in many cases given to a local donor in exchange for donations for repairs and maintenance to their monastery, and at the same time, earning them merit, or as we here in Australia would say earning brownie point for the donation.