Originally collected from the journeys of Christian Armstrong, the Buddhist statues, objects and related figures in the Living Green collection are incomparable. We have stone, marble, bronze and ceramic Buddhas. Many are from the early 19th centure, while some are centuries old.
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Reclining Orange-Gold and White Buddha, Early 20th Century
$11,000.00 46”L x 14”W x 14”D #787
This is one of the more contemplative, even casual reclining Buddhas. This gorgeous lay-about is from Burma and made of wood and lacquer. He is a dreamer. Painted white feet and gold-orange robes jump at the beholder. The hands and feet are those of a person moving about, sleeping rough, seeking the reward to recline, and lay down from the journey.
From Thailand, this pair of weathered teak and lacquer devotees are inseparable and must remain together. Details can be found in the carved wooden hands and the lines of inlaid colored-glass running front and back. Each sits on a carved drapery study appearing behind the figure.
Seated on it own dark wooden plinth, this austere golden Buddha is not your smiling Buddha god rather he is the Spartan Buddha minding the room. With clipped hair and countenance, this sitting Buddha is made of carved wood. Afterwards, lacquer and gilt paint were added to burnish the statue.
This 18th Century Burmese traveling monk is a bright but austere piece. Dedicated to the temple path, the monk holds a staff with a snake’s head on it. A bag of necessities rises from under the left shoulder while a box of other provisions hangs behind it. Is that a parasol to protect him from the sun, or is it an umbrella waiting for the rain? The piece symbolizes both past and present on the move.
From the ancient imperial capital of Inwa (Ava) of Burma, Mandalay, this is the sweetest of devotee statues. Modest in demeanor, the piece shines light in both white and gold hues. Its surface is polished with unfinished alabaster on the backside.
Carved Wooden Statue of Phra Mae Therani, the Thai Earth Mother Goddess Wringing The Cool Waters Of Detachment Out Of Her Hair, 19th C.
$2200 39”H x 15”W x 13”D #7154
A well weathered carved and painted wooden statue of Phra Mae Therani, the Thai Earth Mother goddess wringing the cool waters of detachment out of her hair to drown Mara the demon sent to tempt the Buddha away from his path towards enlightenment. The water from her hair created a flood that swept away the evil Mara and her army.
Late 19th Century, bronze kinnari from the Chiang Mai region of Thailand. They represent the paradigmatic lovers, celestial musicians, half human and half bird flying between the anthro and mystic worlds. They are figures from both the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Sold as a pair, squaring off to one another forever, these two effigies guard any room in your realm.
The Naga is a serpentine dragon-like being with great powers, an enemy of the Garudas, and inhabits the sea. They can swim through the earth as if it was water, and fly in the sky. According to the Bhuridatta Jataka the sixth of the ten last lives of the Buddha, the Buddha was a Naga prince. Here he is adorned with mirrors on gilt wood.
This is the big one, the largest Buddha we have. Unrivaled in the yard or showroom, it is just over six feet tall, from Northeast Thailand, Bangkok Period, 1767-1932. The "earth witness" gesture, or mudra, is one of the most common images of Buddha. It shows the Buddha sitting in meditation with his left hand, palm upright, in his lap, and his right hand touching the earth, representing the moment of Buddha’s enlightenment.
The piece is Late to Early Post-Khmer Period, Cambodia. An apsara is a female cloud and water spirit associated with both Hindu and Buddhist narratives. They are often dancers. Here this figure is designed to greet visitors at the temple door.