The piece of wood would not have been discarded because of the value of the wood, so they would have gone ahead with the carving and inserted the patch afterwards. I do believe this to be damage. In fact I believe it to add to the integrity of the carving. Please look carefully at the photographs as they are an essential part of the description.He weighs 1660grams so he will be a medium parcel after packaging. Calamander or coromandel is a valuable hardwood obtained from the species Diospyros quaesita, native to India and Sri Lanka. It is also known as or variegated ebony and is closely related to genuine ebony, but is obtained from different species in the same genus. This could have been made in India or Sri Lanka. It has also been used in carpentry, luthiery, and sculpture. Although objects made of calamander are still extant, the trees from which the wood was obtained were logged to near-extinction, and those remaining remain a protected vulnerable species. Calamander furniture is so expensive and prized that recycling it is an unlikely proposition. A substitute, Macassar ebony, has similar characteristics and to the untrained eye is nearly identical, though the colour lacks the depth seen in genuine calamander. LEGEND OF THE SHY MAN BUDDHA. There are more than one version of the meaning and/or legend of this piece.
One theme is that this sculpture represents the need for introspection of one's self, one's own mind, and not the physical world around us. Another says the Weeping Buddha is crying for all the pain and suffering in the world.Another says the Shy Yogi assumes the fetal position and presses his forehead to his hands in a pose said to awaken the mystical third eye. Yet another says the Weeping Yogi is in eternal mourning and saddness after learning of the death of his own son who he unknowingly killed in battle. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian/Oriental Antiques\Indian". The seller is "cing4346" and is located in this country: GB. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom, European Union.