Little Buddha (with the jade ball), the author is Dashi Namdakov

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Little Buddha (with the jade ball), the author is Dashi Namdakov. This is a unique version of the sculpture with a jade ball. Bronze, jade, molding, patinating. 111x147x53 mm; 182x245x107 mm

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Little Buddha (with the jade ball), the author is Dashi Namdakov.

This is a unique version of the sculpture with a jade ball. Bronze, jade, molding, patinating. 111x147x53 mm; 182x245x107 mm

The lot presented in our auction is a unique reduced copy of the sculpture composition created by the renowned Buryat artist Dashi Namdakov.

The original sculpture is in the territory of the Ivolginsky Datsan (the Buddhist temple) and the monastery complex near the capital of Buryatia, Ulan-Ude. In summer 2011, the famous sculptor presented his work for fellow-countryman.

The sculpture depicts the little Buddha sleeping on the back of the young lion. Under the lion’s paw is a ball that symbolizes the universe. The Little Buddha is a symbol of tranquility and peace, the purity of the original consciousness capable to turn all imperfections of this world into a diamond, a symbol of the spiritual perfection potential dormant in a human. Experts point out that this composition is a special expression of the meaning and purpose of the Buddha's teachings in the art form.

According to the head of the Russian Sangha the Hambo Lama Damba Ayusheev, up to 30-ies of the last century in the Buryat datsans there had been a tradition to make religious attributes. Not so long ago in the Ivolginsky Datsan it was managed to organize a foundry shop and art workshop. The local craftsmen make things here for interior and exterior decoration of temples; they create different attributes, sculptures and statues of deities of the Buddhist pantheon. Dashi Namdakov, impressed by the work of the Buryat masters, offered for Hambo Lama a patent for the manufacture of miniature copies of his Little Buddha.

The first lot of sculptures was made in 2014. 11 pieces from 30 now belong to the Buryat government, one is owned by the President of Mongolia, and one sculpture belongs to the first professional Buryat sumo wrestler world-known Anatoly Mihahanov. The rest of the pieces have gone to private collections around the world.

Especially for the project QuaintBaikalPearls.com in summer 2015 with the agreement of Dashi Namdakov the masters of the foundry shop in Ivolginsky Datsan produced a unique version of the sculpture of Little Buddha but replaced the bronze ball under the lion’s paw with a jade one. For the production of this element it was used a unique Baikal jade. The sculpture has a “brand” of the producers of the author Dashi Namdakov and the datsan art workshop.

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