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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP30 Mar 2014 7:51 p.m. PST

Here are a couple of questions from someone that knows nothing about Buddha. I hope no one is offended by it.

1) I'm looking for a picture of the Buddha statue Inara (Morena Baccarin) burned incense to in the film Serenity (2005).

2) Also, are there any cheap sources for tiny (20mm tall or less) plastic or metal versions of that style of Buddha?

I'm hoping to place one as a statue against the wall of a restaurant or hall that I hope to make for 15mm gaming.

Thanks,

Dan
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War Monkey30 Mar 2014 8:19 p.m. PST

Check out the mall, there are those import shops of well being, best as I can discrib, they generally have little Buddha statues

Plus they have other little statuary, turtles, frogs, and dragons along the same style as the buddhas

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP30 Mar 2014 8:21 p.m. PST

I keep finding little fat ones, like the corpulent one seen in most Chinese restaurants.

Is that the type of Buddha statue in the film?

Thanks,

Dan

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP30 Mar 2014 8:23 p.m. PST

This link has a pic that shows a tiny portion of the statue on the far left:

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Hmm. I'll keep looking for a better pic.

Dan

War Monkey30 Mar 2014 8:30 p.m. PST

No they will mostly be the fat one but they sometimes have the thin cross legged one

I don't,t know from their size if they will work for what your doing, but could work it your were doing a temple

McWong7330 Mar 2014 8:36 p.m. PST

You should find heaps, check Ebay. The fat guy isn't actually Buddha as I think you're meaning.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP30 Mar 2014 8:39 p.m. PST

Ok. Found a clip that shows brief glimpses of the white statue in the background:

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Dan

Carlos13th Inactive Member30 Mar 2014 8:51 p.m. PST

Try searching for Buddhist monk statue rather than budda statue. May have more luck that way.

Carlos13th Inactive Member30 Mar 2014 8:53 p.m. PST

This any good?

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Dr Mathias Fezian30 Mar 2014 9:11 p.m. PST

I've searched high and low for Buddha statues smaller than 2 inches, in Chinatown NYC, Chicago, you name it, for a couple years. eBay was the only place I could find anything other than the 'Fat Buddha'. Etsy looks like another possibility.

mandt2 Inactive Member30 Mar 2014 9:11 p.m. PST

I Googled "Buddha" images and saw the picture you see in this Wikipedia page.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mett%C4%81

Try the same search and you should be able to track down a source.

Ancestral Hamster Inactive Member30 Mar 2014 9:12 p.m. PST

Could not get the clip to work for me, but that's typical. So writing the below without being able to see what type of statue Dan is interested in.

The fat laughing one is not the Buddha, but rather a Chinese Buddhist monk who was instrumental in spreading Buddhism to China. He seems to symbolize Buddhism in the minds of many Chinese (both mainland and elsewhere), thus all the statues of him.

The Indian representations of Buddha are usually lean.
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(You can reset the search engine in the links above to show Buddhas sculpted in other countries such as Thailand.)

Also, part of the confusion is that there is an "upper-case" Buddha, and many "lower-case" Buddhas. The former is the original, who figured out how to leave the wheel and so break the cycle of suffering. The latter are those who have followed the path first walked by the Buddha and have also escaped the cycle of suffering. Most statues are of the founder, but occasionally a buddha will be glorified since he is usually of the patron's culture or nation. "Abbot So-and-so has achieved buddhahood, and he's one of us! Quick! Make a statue so we don't have to keep glorifying foreigners!"

D A THB30 Mar 2014 9:28 p.m. PST

I have several of those in various sizes bought in Thailand. Thats not much help to you but like some-one said you could find them on Ebay.
Mine are either some type of cheap metal or resin.

This one has a small halo type head covering.

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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP30 Mar 2014 9:53 p.m. PST

Guys,

FOUND THE PIC!!!!

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I'll keep checking around. I would really like the figure to be no taller than 25mm, if at all possible.

Thanks again,

Dan

Gunner Dunbar30 Mar 2014 10:27 p.m. PST

I believe that style of Buddha is the Indian style, the fat one is the Asian/Chinese style and his pose means different things, like financial luck etc, but I'm no expert obviously.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP30 Mar 2014 10:35 p.m. PST

Guys,

You were right about eBay. Look at what I found:

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ANTIQUE BRONZE BUDDHA METAL PENDANT 23x34mm (1 Piece)

Hopefully, if I take off the ring at the top, it might bring it down to 30mm or so. Taller than I would have wanted. So I guess I'll have to raise the ceiling a bit … or lower the floor.

There's another one …

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Buddha Cast Brass mini Statue 1.3" tall x .8" wide

Thanks all,

Dan

Gunner Dunbar30 Mar 2014 11:01 p.m. PST

Why don't you sculpt one to size? You have some pretty handy putty skills from memory, the shapes aren't that hard.

haywire Supporting Member of TMP31 Mar 2014 7:08 a.m. PST

I have been running into the same problem as I am looking for them for my Vietnam games.

I only found 2" ones. You're looking for The Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama) as opposed to a Hotei, The Laughing Buddha (a.k.a. Budai, Angida, Qieci, etc.)

DyeHard31 Mar 2014 7:43 a.m. PST

What size are we looking for?

Here is a search for sitting Buddha charms:
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Came up with this:

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from here:
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DyeHard31 Mar 2014 7:52 a.m. PST

As far as the many styles of Buddha.
The fat one is the Bag Buddha or Laughing Buddha.
Other common poses have examples here:
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Teacher, Lotus, Protection, Generous. Also Bowl link

Most of the range of common mudrā:

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Johny Boy Inactive Member31 Mar 2014 10:27 a.m. PST

Ainsty castings do an excellent figure

Personal logo Ironwolf Supporting Member of TMP31 Mar 2014 7:11 p.m. PST

Glad you found what you were looking for. coming along late in the conversation, I think you were getting Hindu and Buddha statues mixed up. The chubby statue is not Buddha, its of a monk. Similar to how the Christian religion has statues of Saints. Best way I can explain it with out going into a lot of detail.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2014 3:58 a.m. PST

DyeHard,

I didn't know about all those poses! Wow.

When I asked about what style the statue was, I meant if it was in a style particular to a certain region or country.

But that is wonderful info.

Thanks so much!

Dan
PS. By the way, the one in the film does seem to be the third one from the top. The one with both hands touching on the lap.

Valerik01 Apr 2014 6:22 p.m. PST

Deuce & a Half Buddha

Buddy of mine always told the tale of losing an M35 outa the convoy he was running in Viet Nam. Memory fails where exactly this occurred, and he's no longer with us. Short version:
Truck stopped running at dusk, just outside a "friendly" village, so they parked it and unloaded everything they could, inna hurry. Recovery crew was to "Be RIGHT Back" to get 'er goin', or towed out. Events intruded, as they are wont to do, and it was almost a week before his convoy came back through the village, with orders to bring back the derelict. NO M35 to be seen. A quick radio call confirmed it had NOT been recovered. At that point my buddy realized everyone in sight had brand new sandals, and a quick scout of the village revealed a brand new shrine, a multi-ton Buddha. They had dismantled whatever they could, used anything possible, broken up the rest of the hulk, melted the steel on charcoal braziers, and poured everything into a Buddha mould carved into the ground. He would always shake his head in wonderment, "They beat it apart, with rocks, melted it all down by hand, and pulled a 2 1/2 ton Buddha outa th'damn ground… talk about swords into plowshares!"

I never doubted him, and always hoped the story true.


BGR

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP02 Apr 2014 12:34 p.m. PST

Geez, what a labor of love!

Guys, look at all the stuff that pops up when you search for dollhouse statues:

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Dan

War Monkey02 Apr 2014 2:33 p.m. PST

Wow that is a great idea "dollhouse satutues" sure are a lot to look at, and sure can wip up a really nice temple or even a grave yard as well.

Legion 403 Apr 2014 7:11 a.m. PST

Some great links guys ! Here's a Buddha I use with my 6mm Terrain … my buddy molded it from an actual little statue from Thailand –

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TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2014 7:52 a.m. PST

Also coming to the discussion late; however, I saw the topic, and somehow knew it would be Dan… ;->=

If anyone wants to do a small table shrine, I think this might be a possibility.

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It's got a small, bas relief Buddha, but pushed against a back wall, seems a possibility for 15mm or 28mm.

Doug

Edit: Of course, you're on your own for unintended consequences of the 'love charm'…

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP17 Apr 2014 11:58 a.m. PST

LOL

It does seem to be against the wall here, and has a small table shrine in front:

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Dan

grommet37 Inactive Member17 Apr 2014 12:27 p.m. PST

Dan said:

Guys, look at all the stuff that pops up when you search for dollhouse statues:

Dan,

When I originally conceived Polar Knights in 54mm, I was planning on doing an Inner Circle for the "Illuminati" faction, and at that scale it would have been both cheap and easy. I found a George Washington to use as Weishaupt, and everyone from Mamie Eisenhower to Stalin to Moses to Churchill to be one of the "secret leaders".

I even found squads for around six bucks (Tehnolog, Marx, MPC). It was realizing I'd have to play (and store the terrain, and probably live) in the garden that put me off. Still, think of all the 1/35 scale cool stuff out there… diorama-grade Aerosans, 1/32 or 1/35 scale astronauts, diorama-grade rovers, cheap toys of every description in 1/32… I wonder if they make Ekranoplan in a nearby scale?

Any way, my point is yeah isn't ebay great for those obscure search ideas? "Wow, look, here's a whole pile of stuff! I can live in the shed, and store terrain in the house!"

Lion in the Stars17 Apr 2014 5:52 p.m. PST

Any way, my point is yeah isn't ebay great for those obscure search ideas? "Wow, look, here's a whole pile of stuff! I can live in the shed, and store terrain in the house!"
Either that or jack up the house and build a "basement" for all the minis!

I'm starting to think that I will eventually need to buy an old farmhouse. Turn the tractor shed into my shop for the cars, and the barn into my gaming space!

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP29 Apr 2014 10:52 p.m. PST

Guys,

Check out these screencaps:

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Dan

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP23 May 2014 9:47 p.m. PST

And, in Total Recall, this Buddha head would have to be about an inch (25mm) tall, if the terrain is meant for 15mm:

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Dan

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP28 Jul 2014 11:30 a.m. PST

Hard to believe that these are just 1.25" tall:

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Dan

Twoball Cane29 Jul 2014 2:48 p.m. PST

Hi dan..guys

My wife is from japan. I can tell you they have many Buddhas there. You are not supposed to photograph some of them..but I snuck a few when I went to kamakura, and saw a few others in Tokyo…I can post them if u would like?

Tbc

Carlos13th Inactive Member29 Jul 2014 3:27 p.m. PST

Please share the photos.

Twoball Cane23 Dec 2014 6:43 p.m. PST

Sorry for the delay, and resurrecting this thread…I took this in august 2011 at the temple town of kamakura-jita. About an hour train from tokyo

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Twoball Cane23 Dec 2014 6:47 p.m. PST

I found it odd they dress the Buddhas up. August is extremely humid, even worse than Houston…I don't know why they'd want to put clothes on in that humidity….

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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP22 Mar 2018 5:19 a.m. PST

Last August I lost in the hurricane flood the ones I had ordered.

Looks like some of the auctions here are long gone, so I looked around and found a new candidate with a serene-looking face, and that wasn't too big. After I snip off the loop, it should fit nicely from ceiling to floor (about 32mm) in the "house"* I'm making:

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This one might even be a better option, as it would occupy a smaller footprint and could be placed right against the wall of the chamber:

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At those prices I might just get both and see which one looks best.

I'll take pictures to share when everything is finally in place.

Dan
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arsbelli23 Mar 2018 8:36 a.m. PST

Buddha in Dhyana Mudra (Seated Meditating Gesture) you might also want to try Etsy:

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