Lanna Wooden Buddha Images (by Wiluck Sripasang) "PHRA CHAO MAI" is the Northern Thai dialect referring to a Buddha image carved from wood with all the characteristics seen in other Buddha images. In the past, many of the Wooden Buddha images in Lanna were housed in the Vihara (ceremonial hall) of the temples. Later due to several factors such as the renovation of the Vihara or theft, the images were stored in other places, for security in the latter case. The kind of wood used varied depending on the beliefs of the local people. Some images were carved from just one particular type of wood & some were carved from several types of wood combined. After the carving process, they were coated with lacquer & gilded or painted red colour. Different local schools of craftsmanship had their special features. Some wooden images found in antique shops in Chiang Mai were from the northeastern region of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, as well as the Thai Lue, Tai Khern, Myanmar, Shan state, Mon, & other ethnic groups of Buddhists in Myanmar. It is believed that many of these wooden Buddha images could have originally belonged to the Lanna region & some were later brought into the area. The date+time they were made in Lanna according to the inscriptions could be mostly around 200 years ago. However, several chronicles or historical texts mentioned that they were being made since the time Lord Buddha. Some large wooden Buddha images that are in perfect condition are priced between several thousand Baht & close to one hundred thousand Baht. This high price has caused them to be much sought after items among antique dealers & collectors either for reasons related to trade or faith & some were decorative items.
*It is believed that to finish building the wooden Buddha statue in one day will result in a great merit & the image is called "PHRA CHAO THAN CHAI" (quick as the heart wishes).
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