I love looking for treasures from the past that can be incorporated with the present, especially in exciting far away places. Given the guidence of a savy treasurer hunter, my son, we ventured out and began our hunt.
As we pull up in the taxi .......treasures treasures everywhere
beautiful teak furniture
gorgeous old baskets
Laquered Serving Vessels
Many interesting statues....
detailed wood carvings..
all telling a story from the past
if only these were not sooooo heavy....they would be en route
pairs are much more valuable since are becoming harder to find
The position of the Buddha's hands have many meanings....when both hands are clasped in his lap, this is the meditative posture, if one hand is up with palm out, it is the gesture of giving instruction, and the one on the Buddha above, is called the posture of Calling the Earth to Witness, and symbolizes enlightenment.
old cow bells and miniture statues from Laos set in wood. I believe the little statues were used as gifts for holidays such as birthdays but I have been unable to confirm that.
The monks had wonderful faces
Many placed these statues in their homes for good fortune, peace and protection
or spiritual practice in meditaion.
It is hard to see the detail in the photos, but there are beautiful colored stones
embedded along the edges of the robes.
We are happy....it was a successful hunt!