As amazing as the reclining Buddha is, I was equally if not more impressed with the soles of the icons feet. The body is stunning for it’s overall size. The feet are amazing for the intricacy and delicacy of the craftsmanship. Each foot is about 9 feet high and 13 feet long. They were so big I was not able to capture the entirety of both feet in one image. The feet are divided into 108 panels displaying symbols considered to be auspicious. (Auspicious is a word I hear frequently in this part of the world. It means lucky, favorable, promising. When people get married they consult horoscopes to determine the most auspicious days to wed believing it will lead to a happy and prosperous union). The symbols are created using mother of pearl. The auspicious images include flowers, elephants, dancers and many others.
Everywhere I travel in the world I encounter great works from great craftsmen and craftswomen. I love that the creation of and appreciation for beauty is fundamental to all peoples. The mediums and style of the objects d’art vary by culture but the excellence in craftsmanship are always of the highest standards.
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i
Lens: 18-55 @ 18.0 mm
Shutter Speed: 1/64