Happy Monk Sculpture hand-crafted from Burl wood, with features accented in sterling silver. The Happy Monk holds a Sceptre decorated with sterling silver with Gold-leaf .The monk is wearing Jade earring studs and Jade Necklace which is considered to be a monk representing meditation practice. The piece is set on black granite stand.
Ruyi (sceptre) is a curved decorative object that serves as a ceremonial sceptre in Chinese Buddhism or a talisman symbolizing power and good fortune in Chinese folklore. A traditional ruyi has a long S-shaped handle and a head fashioned like a fist, cloud, or lingzhi mushroom.
Rolf von Bueren, an avid burl wood collector for over 40 years, personally travels to Japan to look for rare and beautiful pieces of burl woods – some that he keeps, some that he shares with his collector friends and Lotus Arts de Vivre designs. Burls result in a uniquely patterned wood, which is highly prized for its beauty. It is valued and sought after by artists, furniture makers and sculptors. The "wild grain" in the Burl makes the wood extremely dense and resistant to splitting, which made it valued for bowls, artifacts and sculptures, and is a popular wood in many auction houses across the world.
It took eight master craftsmen with a combined production time of 12 weeks to complete the Happy Monk. From imagining its unique design, sculpting its shape, carving the wood, to employing a silver smith, great thought and care has gone into creating this timeless art piece.
Size: 29(W) x 32(L) x 34(H) cm.
Weight: 9.1 kg.