Japanese Buddism Art – The Asura Statue
H24 × W15.5 × D 7.5 cm when separated from the pedestal
Pedestal measures approx 1.5 cm
weight: about 660 g
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Accessories and Sizes of the Asura Statue
The Asura Buddha Statue comes in a dedicated storage box and it has an exclusive base with a pedestal. The box can be used to store the statue to keep it safe and protected when not in use.
For its sizes without the pedestal, it is 24 x 15.5 x 7.5 centimeters (H x W x D). The pedestal has an approximate size of 1.5 centimeters. The weight of this Asura Statue is around 660 grams.
Polystone and its Advantages
This replicated Asura Statue is made from polystone. This is a compound that mostly consists of powdered stone and polyurethane resin. The powdered stone is an additive that increases the weight of the statue.
Polystone allows artisans to sculpt smaller details to achieve the exact appearance unlike wood sculpting. The material is also resistant against deformation and drying. Also, the material enhances colors which makes a sculpted piece more beautiful.
Originally, the Asura was the god of battle. It has three faces and six arms. It is one of the eight protectors of Buddhism and its believers as a subordinate to the Shakyakai. Initially, it was a rogue demon, but it was mentally and intellectually taught by Buddhist teachings. The Asura eventually became a guardian of Buddhism.
Asura are warriors who live for battle and desire war. They have a large ego and always want to be better than others. They do not tolerate those who are weaker than them, and they choose to solve problems through violence.
In other Buddhist traditions, the realm of the Asura is known to be the lowest level of heaven. They are controlled by their emotions. Because of that, achieving enlightenment to become Buddha is almost impossible. They are not able to escape the cycle of eternal reincarnation.
Souls who are reborn in this realm are often those of people who lived good lives. However, they eventually committed wicked deeds by harming others. This stops them from their rebirth in a higher realm in heaven.
The Three Different Faces of the Asura
The Asura are fearsome demonic gods. They have multiple faces and arms. Their appearance, size, and strength are barely close to that of mortals.
When it comes to their rank and power, the Asura is higher compared to humans. However, they are below other deities. They reside at the foot of Mount Sumeru, in an area surrounded by the sea.
Produced by Kensin Co., Ltd.
Kensin Co. Ltd. has reproduced a fine quality of this Asura statue. Faithfully reproducing its color quality and appearance. Since 1997, Kensin aimed to create replicas of Samurai warriors from the Sengoku period.