Asia is a land of diversity and several types of arts and crafts are born here. Starting from pottery to bronze sculpting, jade carving, sericulture, calligraphy and hundreds of more ceramic and metal works.
Out of all, China, Japan, Nepal and India stand out in every way. These countries have their own unique identity that can easily outshine all the other western countries. The traditions, mythology, culture, history, religion and politics have a huge impact on the art and craft forms of Asia.
The variety is breathtaking and so is the skill of the artisans and craftsmen. In this article, we will present to you an array of various Asian style arts and crafts that you may purchase to decorate your homes.
1. Old singing bowl from Nepal
Singing bowls from Nepal are one of the oldest equipment used for meditation and healing. The healers create music by beating these singing bowls from Nepal and the sounds that come out heal several ailments of the body. The metal used is a ‘7 metal bronze’ and the weight is about 832gms. Other varieties of materials are also used to make this bowl, for example, crystal and copper.
2. Bronze Shanka singing bowl
These are Tibetan bronze bowls that are beaten and polished to look absolutely perfect. They are beautiful and are being used for meditation and healing for centuries now. A Bronze Shanka singing bowl is beat with a gong to create vibratory sounds that can heal your body and soul from within. The bowl is made of a 7-metal bronze and it weighs around 800gms.
3. Bronze Amogsiddhi Buddha Singing Bowl
Amogasidhhi is a Buddha pose amongst the five Buddha poses of the Vajrayana tradition. The bronze or gilded gold bowls have an inscription of the Amogsidhhi Buddha statue on its inner surface. A Bronze Amogsidhhi Buddha Singing Bowl is otherwise used for healing and meditation through a variety of vibrations and sound effects. The weight of each bowl is around 1.3 kg.
4. Statue of the 4th Zhabdrung Rinpoche
Another name for the 4th Zhabdrung Rinpoche is Ngawang Namgyal. The title of ‘Zhabdrung Rinpoche’ is given to the greatest lamas of all time. Ngawang Namgyal was the 4th in line. The Statue of the 4th Zahbdrung Rinpoche is a graceful work of art. The statue is made out of copper and weighs about 2.5kg. The measurements are 29x20x13 cm.
5. Medicine Buddha Meditation Combo
When meditation is the ultimate healing, this Buddha Meditation Combo is a must-have. One set contains a medicine Buddha mandala, a prayer flag, one statue, one yak bone prayer beads, herbal incense sticks of medicine Buddha, a bell and a vajra. Another name for medicine Buddha is the Healing Buddha and the chanting mantra is Om Mani Padme Hum.
6. Tibetan Carpet with flying dragon
Bring your home peace and harmony with a Tibetan carpet with flying dragon design. These elegant-looking rugs are symbols of fame and love. Each rug takes about 2-4 months to get woven and consists of 100 knots within every square inch. Every rug is exquisite and a result of tremendously hard work. The size of the carpets is 6*3 ft and each one weighs about 10kgs.
7. Tibetan Carpet with 3 rose
Roses are symbols of harmony and love. A Tibetan carpet with 3 roses brings in harmony and fame to a household. The carpets are all weaved with organic raw materials. The refugees from Tibet who stay in Darjeeling, India now work on these beautiful carpets.
The most commonly used raw materials for these carpets are tea leaves, indigo rock, barberry plant, madder root, myrobalan nut, and remex leaves. Each carpet measures to 6ft*3ft and weights about 10kgs.
8. Guru Padmasambhava Thangka painting
Also known as Amitabha Buddha, Padmasambhava is popularly known as Guru Rinpoche by the native Tibetans. The Guru Padmasambhava Thangka painting is an auspicious piece of art by an expert Thangka artist from Bhaktapur in Nepal.
The painting features Guru Rinpoche as the central image and there are the figures of Mandarava and Yeshe Tsogyal on the bottom corners of the painting. This painting features the Guru sitting in a royal posture in a very traditional manner.
9. Samatha Meditation Thangka painting
The painting, done on a piece of the cotton canvas represents a deep picture of how to master your feelings by the help of meditation. A Samatha meditation Thangka painting represents various stages of a monk performing the Samatha meditation.
Here he is chasing an elephant and eventually captures it successfully. The elephant is a depiction of your mind and the monkeys are the distractions. So, it basically shows how you can master your mind by overcoming distractions by meditation.
10. 7 Chakras Thangka painting
a beautiful organic painting is done on a cotton canvas, the 7 Chakras Thangka simply represents the 7 chakras of a human body. The 7 chakras are the
- Last bone in your spinal cord or Base Chakra
- The top of your head or crown chakra
- Prostate and ovaries or the Sacral chakra
- Third eye/pineal gland or the Third Eye Chakra
- Navel or the Solar Plexus
- Neck and throat that we call the Throat chakra
- The heart represents the Heart Chakra
11. Statue of Ganesh
Ganesh is the some of Lord Shiva as per Indian mythology and a statue of Ganesh is commonly found in every Indian, Hindu household. Lord Ganesh is worshiped by households every day and represents prosperity and knowledge.
Every Hindu entrepreneur worships Lord Ganesh and seeks his blessings for more fame and prosperity. The statues come in a variety of material and this one is particularly made of brass. It has a beautiful mosaic design and weighs around 4,100 gm.
12. Statue of Shakyamuni Buddha
Lord Buddha, earlier known as Gautama Buddha was a part of the Shakya line of Kshatriya rulers and he became a monk later. It is basically the reason why he is also called Shakyamuni Buddha. A statue of Shakyamuni Buddha is the one in which the Lord is sitting down on a raised platform with legs folded.
It is a complete meditation posture and represents the time when Buddha was meditating to attain enlightenment. It is a brass statue sculpted with mosaic-like stone pieces and weighs about 6,500 gm.
13. Statue of Shakyamuni Buddha
A statue of Shakyamuni Buddha is a symbol of peace and harmony in a household. People from Tibet, Nepal and some parts of India worship Lord Buddha and the Shakyamuni avatar is one of the most common. The statue is made of complete brass and has some antique detailing in a yellow hue. It looks extremely elegant and will enhance the beauty of your living room.
14. Statue of Blessing Buddha
Lord Buddha is worshipped in various Avatars during his transformation from a princely monk to the ultimate preacher. There is a variety of postures in which Lord Buddha is lying down, sitting or standing. In a statue of Blessing Buddha, he is sitting in a meditation pose and he is raising his right hand up in blessing mudra. Brass is the primary material used in the statue and it is further crafted with mosaic stones for a better texture.
15. Wooden Bowl with Sterling Silver Plate
A Tibetan or Nepalese singing bowl is made of a variety of materials and one is wood. A wooden bowl with Sterling silver plate is a variant of a typical singing bowl used for healing therapy and meditation.
The primary material used for making the bowl is wood. On the outer surface, there is a beautiful sterling silver detailing that makes the bowl even more elegant. The pattern is plated copper too.
16. Wooden Buddha Statue
Buddhists get a strong feeling of compassion and peace through statues of Buddha. Also, a wooden Buddha statue is a symbol of prosperity and good luck for any household. It is one of the postures of Buddha that people worship. It was originally crafted by a Nepalese wood artist and is a pretty old design. It is a standing statue of Buddha and an antique piece of Buddhist art.
17. Saptalochani Tara Paubha Painting (Thangka painting)
Saptalochani is the name of the Goddess with 7-eyes. It is a pictorial representation of a female deity who depicts love, compassion, and well-being. A young artist, Narendra Malla painted this on a cotton canvas and is an exclusive piece of the Paubha style of art. The Saptalochani Tara Paubha painting took 7 months to finish and is quite exquisite.
18. The Dragon Mandala (Mandala with meaning)
Dragons are a part of the Chinese and Tibetan culture for centuries now and it represents compassion, power, class, and ability to communicate. Ratna Kumar Lama, a painter from Kathmandu, Nepal has created the Dragon mandala in its most classic form. In this, the dragon is drawn against the background of the blue sky.
19. The Chenrezig Thangka Painting
The Chenrezig Thangka painting is a creation of an expert artist, Rajman Lama from the Swayambhunath area of Nepal. The painting is a symbol of true compassion for all Buddhists. There are also images of the Green Tara on the left bottom and the Shakyamuni on the top corner of the painting. Chenrezig is the version of Buddha after he attained enlightenment and we call him the ‘Boddhisatva’.
20. Red Mantra Mandala
Another beautiful piece of art by the very talented Ratna Kumar Lama of Kathmandu, Nepal, the red mantra mandala is a worthy addition to your house. A painting of White Tara avatar of Lord Buddha sits beautifully in the middle of a chakra pattern in red and gold. It is a kind of illusion if you look at the painting continuously. Click here to learn more about mandala meaning.
21. Golden Mantra Mandala
The golden mantra mandala is a beautiful piece of decoration that enhances the meaning of the most common chant of Buddhism. The Om Mani Padme Hum that represents the petals of a lotus is the main attraction in this beautiful mandala. The four expressions here mean good luck, protection, power, and peace. The mandala is a beautiful combination of blue and gold.
22. Love Flowers (Chinese painting)
A mesmerizing creation by an expert Chinese painter, Si Yuan, Love Flowers is a piece of modern art on rice paper. It is one piece in the best-selling line of rice paper paintings by the artist. The painting does not have a frame and has a unique style. The base of the figure is done in black and the floral detailing is done with red.
23. Lotus painting (Chinese art)
The fourteenth painting of the exclusive series by painter Si Yuan from China is the Lotus Painting. It was done in 2016. You will get the painting without a frame. The base used is rice paper and the medium is simply black ink and the detailing is done with red. It is a traditional Chinese painting.
24. Lotus Series-7 (Chinese Art)
The Lotus Series-7 is a 69cm x 34cm painting by expert Chinese artist Si Yuan in his 2018 edition. The base of the painting is rice paper and the medium is simply black ink. Dipping the brush in black ink and painting in this style is typical Chinese. The detailing uses some yellow ochre and red hues.
25. Chinese calligraphy
Si Yuan’s traditional Chinese creation in 2016 looks exquisite and modern too. Chinese calligraphy uses rice paper as the base and the medium is simple Chinese black ink. There are bits of red Chinese paint here and there. The painting does not have a frame. It features some beautiful Chinese calligraphy and fit for your living room wall.
26. Two Little Guys (Chinese painting)
Another beautiful creation by ace Chinese painter Si Yuan, the Two Little Guys represents two small birds perched on the branch of a tree. The measurements of the painting are 69cm x 34cm and it uses rice paper as the base. The medium is simple Chinese black and red ink. The painting was completed and revealed in 2016 and is available without a frame.
27. The Spring of Jiangnan
The Spring of Jiangnan is a beautiful painting by the popular Chinese painter Si Yuan. It is a perfect representation of the Spring season with the use of bright colors. It looks lively and uses rice paper as the base. The painting medium is Chinese black ink and other watercolors. The painting is available without a frame and measures 69cm x 34cm.
28. The Potala Palace in Lhasa (Tibetan art)
It is a significant painting representing the autonomous Tibetan region of Lhasa. The Potala Palace in Lhasa was the residence of the 14th Dalai Lama till the time he decided to flee to India in 1959. The time of Tibetan glory till the violent uprising comes to light with this beautiful pencil sketch. It is quite an expensive piece of art.
29. Zen and Tea Painting
A classic Si Yuan, traditional Chinese piece of painting, the Zen and Tea Painting was revealed and finished in 2015. The measurements are 69cm x 34cm and the base is rice paper. The medium is mainly Chinese black ink and the painting comes without a frame.
30. Tibetan Statue of Buddha Head
The Tibetan Statue of Buddha Head is an expensive piece of sculpture and a symbol of peace and well-being for all Buddhists. The primary material is copper and it weighs 35000 gm. The detailing is also done with other metal and it looks extremely elegant. It is absolutely worth the money.
31. Tibetan Statue of Naga Kanya
The Tibetan Statue of Naga Kanya is a female deity representing a half snake-half human creature. She is a traditional Tibetan deity. The primary material is copper and it weighs about 25000 gm. It is an ancient piece of art and the deity is raising both her arms with one conch shell each on both her palms. It is a symbol of peace and prosperity.
32. Statue of Amogasiddhi (Buddha)
The Statue of Amogasiddhi is a form of Buddha sitting in a typical meditation pose. It is a symbol of purity, peace, compassion, and well-being. The primary material is brass and there is mosaic detailing on the statue done with colorful semi-precious stones.