Authentic Buddha Statue for Sale
Buy an authentic Buddha statue for sale that was handmade using the traditional lost wax sculpting method. This time tested technique has been used for many centuries to make the world’s best Buddha statues.
Indeed, authentic Buddha statues made in Nepal are world renown for best quality of craftsmanship. As a result, hand crafted statues and ritual items have long been the country’s national heritage.
An authentic Buddha statue from Nepal is highly sought after for the fine detailed carving and 24k gold gilded finish. Indeed, the Tibetan monasteries have purchased their Buddha statues and ritual items from Nepal for many centuries. However, it is possible to buy an authentic Buddha statue online without traveling to a distant country.
Our Buddha statues for sale will be delivered complete with a certificate of authentication from the Department of Archaeology in Kathmandu. As a result, the buyer can rest assured they have procured a golden Buddha statue of the highest quality.
Authentic Buddha Statue Creation
What is the lost wax sculpting method? First, the sculptor creates a perfect hand carved wax replica of the Buddha or Bodhisattva to be portrayed by the statue.
When the fine details of the wax replica are finished, the outside of the wax carving is carefully layered with a mixture of special clay minerals.
Afterwards, the clay is allowed to dry which creates a hardened cast around the wax sculpture. The wax is then melted and allowed to drain out through a hole in the bottom of the cast.
After the cast has been completely drained of wax, it is filled with molten copper alloy and allowed to cool for a few days. Afterwards, the cast is carefully cracked and pulled away to reveal an authentic Buddha statue in unfinished form.
Fire Gilded 24k Golden Buddha Statue
After smoothing out any imperfections, the statue is hand polished to prepare for the finishing touches. The two primary types of finish are 1) the highly sought after 24k gold gilded finish or 2) the antiquated method using oxidation.
Indeed, there are many variations and our Buddha statues for sale often display combinations of both. Indeed, the contrast can be quite striking which results in different variations in Buddha statue decor.
The predominant method the Nepali artisans use to finish our statues is called the “fire gilding” method. To apply this method the sculptor will mix real 18K gold with a solution of mercury. This mixture is then applied evenly to the parts of the statue which will receive a gold gilded finish.
Extreme heat is then applied to these parts of the statue using a torch. As a result, the impurities in the gold evaporate with the mercury leaving behind a residual 24k pure golden Buddha statue finish!
This pure golden statue will remain tarnish free indefinitely. Indeed, the unmistakable luster of pure gold imbues each golden Buddha statue with life like expression.
Furthermore, the statue is face painted by hand with real gold to further enhance the statue’s life like qualities. As a result, the owner will gain a sense of genuine inspiration, peace and tranquility that is not possible with cheap Buddha statues.
History of Buddhism and Buddha Statue Attributes
The inception of the “Buddha statue” did not begin simultaneously with the inception of Buddhism in 500 BCE. This is because the first statues of the Buddha did not include depictions of the Buddha’s body. Instead, original Buddha statues would be based on the Buddha’s footprint or represented by a horse without a rider.
It was not until approximately 200 ACE that evidence of the first handmade Buddha statues would appear. However, the Buddha statues of this period were made of crude materials such as stone and clay. As a result, they were lacking fine details and were mostly devoid of Buddha statue meaning.
Indeed, the Buddhist concept of emptiness offers an explanation for Buddha statues without form.
Form is no other than emptiness,
emptiness no other than form.
Form is only emptiness,
emptiness only form.”
Buddhist sculpture at this time was based on the conservative teachings of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni. The original Buddhist teachings were known as Theravada Buddhism or also Hinayana.
Nonetheless, the concept of emptiness (no self) is the same in the three main schools of Buddhism that exist today. These three schools are Theravada Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism and Vajrayana Buddhism (Vajrayana includes Tibetan Buddhism).
However, there are huge disparities in the sophistication of Buddhist art that would develop as Buddhism became widely accepted in East Asia and worldwide.
The Impact of Mahayana Buddhism
The sophistication and flamboyance of Buddha statues would be greatly encouraged with the inception of Mahayana Buddhism.
Mahayana Buddhism is based on the same fundamental teachings as Theravada Buddhism. At the commencement of Mahayana Buddhism, among Buddhist scholars of the time, there was no disputing the doctrine of Gautama Buddha – the founder of Buddhism in our era. However, there was a dispute about how to gain wider acceptance of conservative Buddhist teachings.
Indeed, after the death of its founder, Theravada Buddhism was in decline. Some scholars believed that the conservative nature of Theravada Buddhism was not inclusive enough. As a result, they advocated a more inclusive version of Buddhism called Mahayana or “great vehicle”.
Primarily, the difference between Theravada Buddhism and Mahayana Buddhism was that Gautama Buddha taught his followers that a Buddha was a human, not a god.
However, the dedication and sacrifice necessary to become a Buddha simply seemed impossible for the vast majority. As a result, the scholars advocating Mahayana Buddhism embellished the Buddha’s teachings in order to make Buddhism appealing to the general population.
Mahayana Buddhism indoctrinated the concept of the Bodhisattva which was to assist others to attain enlightenment. Additionally, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas were effectively deified. As a result, the design and characteristics of Buddha statues was impacted immensely.
In time, Mahayana Buddhism gave rise to Vajrayana Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism soon followed. Indeed, the progressive concept of Buddhist gods and deities would rapidly evolve. As a result, Buddha statues would achieve a whole new level of sophistication.
Cultural Adaptation of Buddhism
As Buddhism evolved it began to spread very far from its place of origin in Bodh Gaya, India. Indeed, as Mahayana Buddhism was accepted into different cultures, the form of a Buddha statue was inevitably adjusted to suit the new cultural norms.
For example, compassion was considered a masculine attribute in some Buddhist countries (Nepal, Tibet, India) while it was considered feminine in others (China, Japan, Korea).
As a result, sculptures of high level Bodhisattvas such as Avalokiteshvara “Bodhisattva of Compassion” were adjusted accordingly. Indeed, they could be depicted in male and also female form and sometimes even given superhuman features.
Many popular Mahayana Buddha statues depict high level Bodhisattvas with two arms, four arms, eight arms and even a thousand arms! Additionally, the Buddha statue meaning is displayed by the statues using mudras and postures. These characteristics are on display using thousands of images.
Authentic Buddha Statue Guaranteed
It is my objective to help you procure the best handmade Buddha statue. The design and quality of each authentic Buddha statue for sale is certified by the Department of Archaeology in Kathmandu, Nepal before shipping.
The certificate will be included with your purchase when it is delivered to your home, office or Dharma center. Therefore, rest assured you have procured an authentic Buddha statue for sale that was handmade in Nepal.
Each authentic golden Buddha statue is of the same high quality found in the Tibetan monasteries throughout Asia and worldwide. Additionally, our selection of statues can accommodate the preferences of anyone seriously interested in Buddhist art.
When you are selecting your statue using the internet be aware of false advertising. Unfortunately, many of the statues for sale online are marketed as authentic “handmade” but they are actually cheap mass reproduced replicas. For example, a cast metal statue from India created using a reusable mold is not authentically handmade.
When you buy an authentic Buddha statue online from Golden Buddha, rest assured you have procured a monastic quality sculpture. The high quality is self evident and you will also have the certificate to prove it.