A Large Ivory Carving Statue of Mahayana Buddhism
Lot No. ：JZML-I-180503
Feature：An ivory(1*), Mahayana Buddhism(2*).
Status：For sale (POA)
1* Ivory is a hard, white material from the tusks (traditionally elephants') and teeth of animals, that can be used in art or manufacturing. It consists mainly of dentine, one of the physical structures of teeth and tusks.The Chinese have long valued ivory for both art and utilitarian objects. Early reference to the Chinese export of ivory is recorded as early as the first century BC, ivory was moved along the Northern Silk Road for consumption by western nations. Both the Greek and Roman civilizations practiced ivory carving to make large quantities of high value works of art, precious religious objects, and decorative boxes for costly objects. Ivory was often used to form the white of the eyes of statues. In Southeast Asian countries, where Muslim Malay peoples live, such as Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, ivory was the material of choice for making the handles of kris daggers. In the Philippines, ivory was also used to craft the faces and hands of Catholic icons and images of saints prevalent in the Santero culture. Ivory usage in the last thirty years has moved towards mass production of souvenirs and jewelry, flatware handles, furniture inlays, and piano keys. Elephant ivory is the most important source, but ivory from mammoth, walrus, hippopotamus, sperm whale, killer whale, narwhal and wart hog are used as well. Elk also have two ivory teeth, which are believed to be the remnants of tusks from their ancestors.
2* Maitreya is regarded as a future Buddha of this world in Buddhist eschatology. According to Buddhist tradition, Maitreya is a bodhisattva who will appear on Earth in the future, achieve complete enlightenment, and teach the pure dharma. According to scriptures, Maitreya will be a successor to the present Buddha, Gautama Buddha (also known as Śākyamuni Buddha).
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