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Asia

The unique art of Asian countries such as China, India, Japan, and Thailand fascinate people all over the world. Their figures are popular mainly because of their symbolism and exotic appearance. Common motifs of Asian figures include gods such as Buddha or Ganesha, as well as mythical creatures like dragons.

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Asian Sculptures

Buddha, Ganesha, and Dragons: The Sculptures of Asia

This section of Asian Art includes works of art from numerous different East Asian countries such as China, India, Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, and Korea. Even today, in many Asian countries, sculptures that are several thousand years old are omnipresent in daily life. Many of Asia's sculptures have their origins in the great world religions of Hinduism and Buddhism. Thus, large statues of Buddhist and Hindu deities adorn numerous temples and places of worship. But Asian statues are also very present in the private sphere and in public life on the streets.

Asian Figures: Meanings and Symbolism

Asian figures are popular not only for their appearance but also because of their symbolic significance, making them often bought and given as gifts. In this context, Buddha stands out as a central and well-known figure with great symbolic significance. It is widely known that rubbing the belly of a Buddha figure brings good luck. In addition, Buddha is generally regarded as a symbol of wisdom, enlightenment, tranquillity, and sanity. However, its meaning changes depending on the way it is depicted. This depends on whether Buddha is standing, sitting, or lying down and how he holds his hands. The Buddha figure in Buddhism is the Ganesha figure in Hinduism. He represents wisdom and success, harmony, and peace. He protects both the arts and sciences and is generally regarded as a god who eliminates obstacles in life. An equally important and well-known symbol in Asia is the dragon. Depending on the region, it can symbolise different, usually positive qualities. It can be a symbol of wealth, luck, goodness, and intelligence, as well as fertility, health, and power. In addition, Asian cultures are familiar with many other highly symbolic figures, for example, the god Shiva or elephants.

Buy Asian Decorative Figurines at ars mundi

Here, in our online shop, you can buy many well-known motifs of Asian art. We offer a wide range of Asian figures, mainly from China, India, and Thailand. We carry various versions of Buddha, perhaps the best-known character from the Far Eastern religions. Among the particularly popular versions are "Buddha Amitabha", the "Medicine Buddha", the "Meditating Buddha", and the "Sitting Buddha". Another very well-known Asian deity is the Indian god, Ganesha. There are many different representations of this hybrid creature of human and elephant in Indian culture. Other important deities are "White Tara - Guardian of Wisdom", and "Kuan-Yin", the goddess of protective love. In addition to Asian figures with religious origins, you can buy many other beings and animals from Asian culture as sculptures, for example, various dragons or "The Flying Horse from Gansu", one of the most important archaeological finds from China.