Newly carved from reclaimed teak, this large sculpture takes the form of a Cambodian apsara of the Bayon style (12th Century.) With origins in Hindu and Buddhist mythology, Apsaras are female spirits of the clouds and waters. Carved likenesses of these Goddesses are found in temples throughout Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Thailand and other Theravada Buddhist countries. The wood used in this carving came from an old rice pounder. Now mostly abandoned, wooden rice pounders were made from a large cross-section of a teak tree with one end hollowed out to make a broad bowl, approximately waist-high. Today, one pounder can supply wood for several carvings. The carvers favor this seasoned wood because of its rare combination of strength and relative softness -it is perfect for delicate subjects like faces, hands and scrollwork. It also repels insects and moisture and can be safely placed outdoors or in. This type of traditional carving survives in the north of Thailand, in and around Chiang Mai.
Small: 12"W x 6"D x 22"H
Medium: 16"W x 6"D x 31"H
Large - A: 17"W x 7"D x 36"H
Large - B: 18"W x 8"D x 36"H
- Origin | Thailand
- Dimensions | See Description
- Age | Newly Made
- Material | Teak
- ID | 23T01010
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