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Crystal Buddha, Mazu, Goddess of the Sea, Waves of Benevolent Light

$12,000.00

The Collection: Buddha Sculptures

Official Intro.: 

Related Article: Mazu in Wikipedia

Design Concept:

As part of the series on the fabled heroine Mazu, this artwork depicts the goddess of the sea mounted on a dragon, travelling between the realms of heaven and earth.  The inspiration for the piece comes from Loretta H. Yang’s affinity with bodhisattvas, and Mazu’s striking resemblance to the bodhisattva Guanyin in her benevolence.  With roots in the Northern Song era (hence her attire) Mazu was immortalized for her immense bravery on the sea.  Moreover, she is revered for her kindness.  LIULI artists invested tremendous energy into the technicality and details of this piece so as to allow that quality of compassion to shine through with the crystal glass.  For those who know the story of Mazu, they may appreciate the wisdom that true bravery lies in kindness. 

  • The Goddess Mazu is typically depicted in a seated position until the first standing sculpture of Mazu was discovered in 1989. Even today, the image of Mazu atop a dragon in the water is deep rooted in the peoples hearts, a symbol of protection for all.

  • Because Mazu is from the Northern Song, she wears clothes associated with those times. She rides an auspicious dragon between heaven and earth, a protector of peace and a symbol of her inclusive benevolence.

  • Mazu has a dignified and benevolent appearance and a refined bearing. Her dress moves with the wind, representing the tranquility of harmony.

  • Mazu holds a Ruyi in her hand to disseminate auspicious blessings to all.

Technique:

  • The most difficult part of sculpting Buddha figurine is capturing the charm and spirit. The smallest modification will create an entirely different mood. Without LIULIGONGFANG’s twenty-seven years experience with lost-wax casting, the execution of this design would be virtually impossible.

  • Challenges to overcome during firing:
    • The possibility of breakage is high due to many fine details of the artwork.

    • The rate of contraction can cause warping and affect the appearance of Mazu.

    • The intricate dragon details posed the greatest challenge during mold removal. The slightest error would result in breakage. During the firing process, the temperature must be controlled with precision to prevent warping of the final product.

MAZU -Goddess of the Sea, Waves of Benevolent Light

Riding high upon auspicious waves,
A protector of the people far and wide, 
Mazu blesses the seven seas with tranquility. 
Her mercy spans the centuries, 
Felt by generations for all eternity.

天上聖母, 琉璃媽祖 - [ 慈光安瀾 ]

乘祥龍起行
護守人間萬里
庇祐四海清寧
慈航千年
馨香世代永傳。

Item No.:

PRD003.ADAAZ

Size:

12.80"L x 8.27"D x 17.20"H inches

Material:

Crystal Glass

Technique:

Pate de Verre

Edition:

Unlimited Edition

* Why we have unlimited quantity for this design?  The design signifies blessing, Loretta H. Yang thinks the blessing should not be limited, she hopes this creation can protect people and giving blessings to people as many as possible.

* Note: As the art pieces are individually hand-made, the color and dimensions will vary slightly.

Exquisite LIULI Gift Bags

Packaging Award by Germany's iF Design Award

Every art pieces comes with the gift-ready packaging including gift box & bag, product's description card, greeting card, and authentic certificate*.

* Authentic certificate only comes with most art pieces at the valued of $500 and more, which include the signature of the artist, product detail, and the edition number (if applied).

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Artist/Founder Loretta H. Yang leads a team of experienced artisans to create arts that honor the richness of cultural heritage and value.

Step No. 1: Design and sculpting

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Step 2 of the process involves coating our original clay sculpture in silicone. Layer after layer (3 to 7 layers) is fastidiously coated to produce a negative mold, a crucial step in capturing the prevision of the sculpture. Each layer must dry completely before additional layer is applied, thickness must be uniform to prevent leakage of wax. Once complete, the clay is removed to reveal a negative silicone mold.

Step No. 2: Silicone molding

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Pour molten wax into the negative silicone mold.

Step No. 3: Infusion of molten wax. Fill wax into a negative mold.

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Once wax has solidified and cooled, release the wax form by carefully peeling back the silicone mold. Like a butterfly molting, the silicon is shed to reveal a positive wax form.

Step No. 4: Shedding of silicon mold to obtain the wax form

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A careful refinement of the wax sculpture. Because every microinch and subtlety plays its own role in the grand scheme of beauty. Our artists refine the wax mold to its final perfection.

Step No. 5: Wax form refinement; removing imperfections

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The wax mold is placed on a wooden plank in a metal container and plaster is poured and solidified. Embedding wax form with fire-resistant plaster.

Step No. 6: Coating the wax sculpture with plaster to form a refractory mold

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Wax is steamed out of the plaster under high heat yielding a negative plaster mold.

Step No. 7: Removal of wax with steam—the essence of the “lost-wax” process

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Liuli ingredients are created through unique firing and processing of glass. Color and size appropriate pieces are placed within the plaster and fired.

Step No 8: Choosing color; kiln firing

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Fire and melt. Under intense heat, a new vision of transparency and clarity is born.

Step No. 9: Re-firing at 1,400 degrees Celsius

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Extreme patience and care are necessary when removing the plaster to prevent damage.

Step No. 10: Removal of plaster mold

When the art pieces emerge, our masters step in to carefully chip away the plaster mold. Like excavating fragile archaeological relics, one false move and you're left with broken shards.

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First comes die-cutting - smoothing the crystal down to the last microinch. Rough polish, removal of excess support, refinement and fine surface polish with a high-speed fabric wheel.

Step No. 11: Retouching of details; burnishing and polishing

Our artist refines and re-polishes each and every detail yet again.

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An etched number on the base of each piece indicates its limited edition and reminds us to never stop creating. After the engraving - an official LIULI artwork is born.

Step No.12: Final inspection; etching of serial number; packaging