Rare red glaze Buddha, a Royal Doulton flambe, limited edition
Rare red glaze Buddha, a Royal Doulton flambe, limited edition
Rare red glaze Buddha, a Royal Doulton flambe, limited edition
Rare red glaze Buddha, a Royal Doulton flambe, limited edition
Rare red glaze Buddha, a Royal Doulton flambe, limited edition
Rare red glaze Buddha, a Royal Doulton flambe, limited edition
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Rare red glaze Buddha, a Royal Doulton flambe, limited edition

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Rare red glaze Buddha, a Royal Doulton flambe, limited edition; marked on base: 'Fine China Hand Made And Hand Decorated Made in England Royal Doulton Archives 100th Anniversary Burslem Artworks Guizhou Buddha BA60 Limited Edition of 150 This is no. 61'. Height is about 7 inches, with a deep ox blood glaze along with dark lines defining facial features, folds in robe, neck and hair. The third eye, ajna charkra and the exposed inner folds of the cloak are a dusky gold color. Lord Buddha sits calmly in the padmasana, crossed leg position, with his open out facing right hand forming the abhaya, or 'fear not' mudra. The left hand holds a finger mala of purple beads or seeds. In Asia, ox blood red is a symbol of courage, loyalty, honor, success, fortune, fertility, happiness, passion, and summer.

Flambe glazes, termed "sang-de-boeuf" (ox blood) were in use by the Chinese from the 11th century, and the effect was achieved by using copper oxide as a coloring agent and firing the object in a reducing atmosphere. The Chinese continued using these glazes over a long period, becoming a highly collectible motif in Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries. European potters were not able to master the technique until the early 20th century. The Royal Doulton company employed the Staffordshire potter Bernard Moore, who had been experimenting with flambe glazes for many years, as a consultant. In 1904 the company was able to produce its first flambe wares, and they were exhibited at the St. Louis World's Fair in that year. 100 years later Royal Doulton Released this special, very limited edition Guizhou Buddha figurine to mark the mark the 100th anniversary of Burslem Artwares, which had recently combined with royal Doulton. 'Buddha Flambe' BA60 was an edition of only 150, of which this offering is numbered 61. This Buddha measures about 7 inches tall.

The Buddha that inspired this flambe creation is located in Guizhou Province in southwest China, immediately to the east of Yunnan Province.Guizhou is a province that is home to more than 10 ethnic groups, a diverse range of cultures and endless natural wonders. It was recently discovered the region is also home to a giant Buddha statue located in Guiyang. The stone Buddha, carved into the face of a mountain, has gone relatively unknown for centuries, standing 50 meters tall and is thought to date back to ancestral times. According to local legend, during the Tang dynasty, Master Hai Nang and his disciple Haitong decided to erect two large Buddha statues in the mountains, building them as large as possible so they would not be destroyed by any natural disasters.The apprentice left Guiyang and traveled to Leshan while the master remained, too weak to start the journey. Unfortunately, Hai Nang died before finishing his work and the Buddha was covered by vegetation for thousands of years. In the beginning of this century, as trees around the site were being cut down, a colossal Buddha statue carved into the cliffs of a hillside was revealed. Once uncovered, the buried sculpture was determined to be 165 feet tall with the head measuring over 50 feet in height. The Buddha faces westward in a solemn and majestic pose. The stone Buddha is naturally carved out of the hillside. It is neither sitting nor standing, but instead is an upper-body portrait. The head is carved from one single stone, while the body is assembled from stacks of slate slabs.