39" Large Wooden Gautam Buddha Preaching His Dharma

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 Upon attaining enlightenment, the Buddha was faced with the conundrum of what he wanted to do with the priceless pearls of wisdom. Initially, he was unwilling to interact with the world but when Lord Brahma descended and urged him to share his knowledge, the Buddha obliged. From the first sermon, an event known as the Dharmachakra-pravartana (putting the wheel of Dhamma into motion) a great tradition of Upadesha (preaching) was established in which the Buddha spoke to his followers and answered their moral and spiritual queries. Beginning with a handful of followers, the Buddhist sect soon grew into a popular spiritual tradition that had in its basis the sermons of the Buddha. In this wooden statue of preaching Buddha, we witness the deification of the profundity of his supreme wisdom. 

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Item Code: ZDZ776
Dimensions 39.00 inch Height X 22.50 inch Width X 8.50 inch Depth
Weight: 26 kg
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In this wooden preaching Buddha statue, a distinctive aesthetic quality is noticeable, thanks to the bronze-toned slip on the wood which gives it a metallic appearance, and the vibrant red petal-like motifs that adorn the Buddha’s robe. The physical features and the unique style of draping the monastic robe in this preaching Buddha wooden statue underline the Southeast Asian, especially Japanese influence on the maker. The coils of Buddha’s hair are transformed into numerous tiny bumps that cover his head, the face is slightly elongated and the eyes instead of being depicted in the almond shape, are marked by two identical incised lines. Instead of the three lines on the Buddha’s neck that represent folds of flesh, this icon of Buddha teaching his Dhamma has a single, deep curving line joining the neck to the torso and an ovular bump on the chest just above the robe to provide a hint of fleshiness. The limbs, especially the palms which are in different Mudras (gestures), the necklace that the Buddha wears, and the shape of the lotus pedestal on which he is seated- all these elements carry an appreciable difference in the style which becomes more apparent when compared to the technique of traditional Indian art.

The robes of the preaching Buddha statue cover both of his shoulders, wrapping him in a multitude of petals that remind one of the cherry blossoms that are synonymous with Japanese culture. In Buddhism, the cherry blossom signifies the transient nature of human life, which goes through the unavoidable stages of bloom and decay. Calmly wearing such profound wisdom as his attire, the Buddha has his right hand raised in the “Karana Mudra”, which is a protective gesture that signifies Buddha’s powers that guards the follower against negative forces. Juxtaposing the philosophy attached to the cherry blossoms with the significance of the Mudra, one can understand the potent message inherent in this preaching Buddha statue- that one should face the reality of the impermanence of life, but instead of being fearful, should follow the teachings of the Buddha, which are the ultimate shield against the negativity that surrounds human life.


How to care for Wood Statues?

Wood is extensively used in sculpting especially in countries like China, Germany, and Japan. One feature that makes the wood extremely suitable for making statues and sculptures is that it is light and can take very fine detail. It is easier for artists to work with wood than with other materials such as metal or stone. Both hardwoods, as well as softwood, are used for making sculptures. Wood is mainly used for indoor sculptures because it is not as durable as stone. Changes in weather cause wooden sculptures to split or be attacked by insects or fungus. The principal woods for making sculptures and statues are cedar, pine, walnut, oak, and mahogany. The most common technique that sculptors use to make sculptures out of wood is carving with a chisel and a mallet. Since wooden statues are prone to damage, fire, and rot, they require proper care and maintenance.


  • Wood tends to expand and contract even after it has been processed, thus it is always recommended to keep the wooden sculptures in rooms with little humidity. Excess moisture can harm your masterpiece.


  • Periodical dusting of the finished piece is necessary to maintain its beauty as dust accumulation on the surface takes away the shine of the sculpture. You can use a clean and soft cloth or a hairbrush for this purpose.


  • You must avoid applying any chemical-based solutions that may damage the wood from the inside. Instead, you can apply lemon oil or coconut oil using a cotton rag to the sculpture to bring out its natural shine. Lemon oil also helps to clean any stains on the sculpture.


  • Applying a layer of beeswax protects the wood from sun damage and hides even the smallest imperfections on the wood.


It is extremely important to preserve and protect wooden sculptures with proper care. A little carelessness and negligence can lead to their decay, resulting in losing all their beauty and strength. Therefore, a regular clean-up of the sculptures is a must to prolong their age and to maintain their shine and luster. 

Sculpting Serenity: Unveiling the Art of Crafting Wood Statues

Wood has been a preferred material for sculptures and statues since ancient times. It is easy to work with than most metals and stones and therefore requires less effort to shape it into any desired shape or form. The texture of the wood gives an element of realism to the sculpture. The selection of an appropriate wood type is necessary for carving. Woods that are too resinous or coniferous are not considered good for carving as their fiber is very soft and thus lacks strength. On the other hand, wood such as Mahogany, Oakwood, Walnut wood, Weet cherry wood, etc., are preferred by sculptors because their fiber is harder.

A wood sculptor uses various tools such as a pointed chisel in one hand and a mallet in another to bring the wood to the desired measurement and to make intricate details on it. A carving knife is used to cut and smooth the wood. Other tools such as the gouge, V-tool, and coping saw also serve as important tools in wood carving. Although the wood carving technique is not as complex and tough as stone carving or metal sculpting, nonetheless, a wood carver requires a high level of skills and expertise to create a stunning sculpture.

1. Selecting the right wood

The process of wood carving begins with selecting a chunk of wood that is required according to the type and shape of the statue to be created by the sculptor. Both hardwoods and softwoods are used for making artistic pieces, however, hardwoods are preferred more than softer woods because of their durability and longevity. But if heavy detailing is to be done on the statue, wood with fine grain would be needed as it would be difficult to work with hardwood.

2. Shaping the wood

Once the wood type is selected, the wood carver begins the general shaping process using gouges of various sizes. A gouge is a tool having a curved cutting edge which is useful in removing large unwanted portions of wood easily without splitting the wood. The sculptor always carves the wood across the grain of the wood and not against it.


3. Adding detailing

When a refined shape of the statue is obtained, it is time for making details on the statue using different tools. This is achieved by using tools such as a veiner to make and a V-tool to create decorative and sharp cuts.


4. Surface finishing

Once finer details have been added, the sculptor is ready to smoothen the surface and give it a perfect finish. Tools such as rasps and rifflers are used to get a smooth surface. The finer polishing is obtained by rubbing the surface with sandpaper. If a textured surface is required, this step is skipped. Finally, to protect the statue from excessive dirt accumulation, the sculptor applies natural oils such as walnut or linseed oil all over it. This also brings a natural sheen to the statue.


Wood statues are lighter in weight and less expensive than metal or stone pieces. Because wood is prone to fast decay by fungus and algae, statues made out of this material are not preferred to be kept outside. The rich tradition of wood carving in countries such as Africa, Egypt, India, and Nepal has been followed for many centuries. Indian craftsmen are specialized in this classic art and continue to exhibit their extraordinary artistic skills.

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