Shakya Statues Trade
Shakya Statues is a family-owned traditional business based in Patan, Nepal. Located about 5 km south of Kathmandu in the Kathmandu Valley, Patan is one of three "royal cities" in the valley (the others are Kathmandu and Bhaktapur) and is a center of Buddhist and Hindu culture. The city is considered a destination for connoisseurs of fine arts, and is world-renowned for its rich tradition of arts and handicrafts and as the birthplace of master craftsmen such as Arniko and Kuber Singh Shakya.
We offer sculptures created by nearly a hundred local artisans descended from the ancient Shakya lineage of Buddha Shakyamuni. As the traditional fine metal workers and goldsmiths of Nepal, these master craftsmen carry on a tradition that has been handed down for centuries. Our business, Shakya Statues, has been serving customers for more than four generations.
Our artisans specialize in the lost wax casting and repousse methods of metal sculpture-making, first developed in the seventh century by the Shakya, Tamrakar and Swarnakar clans. As the first artisans capable of melting and sculpting gold, these craftsmen quickly became famous throughout the Himalayas and surrounding areas, and were highly sought-after to create sacred art for the many temples and monasteries of the region. The work of these masters is world-renowned, and has attracted tourists since ancient times to sites throughout Nepal, India and Tibet.
The techniques used by our craftsmen are identical to those developed centuries ago. The ancient knowledge continues to flourish in Nepal's artistic communities, resulting in the creation of quality sacred art that can hold its own with the best of the past. Shakya Statues' artisans enjoy the reputation of being among the best metal sculpture-makers in the world today.
Each of our sculptures and ritual items is individually handcrafted and is therefore unique. The complex process of hand-sculpting metal artwork requires great skill and is and often exhausting. Several artisans must work together to create a single sculpture and the process can take more than a year for the finest pieces. The special beauty of the ancient craft is that each sculpture emerges with an individual character and feeling. And when a statue or ritual item is to be used for religious purposes, a Buddhist Lama or Guru will perform a consecration ceremony, inviting and awakening the deity within, resulting in a profoundly
spiritual work of art.
Lama Thangka Art Center
Founded over two decades ago, the Lama Thangka Art Center
offers paintings created by nearly a hundred local thangka artists from the region of
Bhaktapur, Nepal. Located about 14 km east of Kathmandu in the Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktapur
is surrounded by the Himalayan mountains and lies along the ancient trade route between India and Tibet.
Known as the "City of Devotees" and "Nepal's Cultural Gem", Bhaktapur is known for its exquisite
artworks and is filled with beautifully decorated palaces, temples, monuments and religious shrines
dating from medieval times.
The Lama Thangka Art Center offers a selective collection of some of the finest thangka paintings
being produced in the world today. Tibetan-, Newari- and Japanese-style paintings are all available,
each created by artists from families who have been creating thangkas for centuries, passing
the techniques down from generation to generation.
Each painting is individually designed, sketched, and hand-painted by experienced
master artists who have dedicated a lifetime to learning and perfecting the ancient techniques.
The creation process is extremely complex, and it can take more than a year to prepare the most
intricately-detailed paintings. Each artist must possess great skill in sketching the
perfect proportions of the deities, mixing paint from natural substances, and adding
subtle shading effects that bring the figures to life.
According to tradition, the artist's state of mind is above all important, and he
or she must undertake to paint the thangka with a pure intention and a joyful
heart, maintaining a state of meditative concentration on the subject of the image.
If this is done in a genuine manner, the resulting thangka is very different from an
ordinary work of art and is inherently highly sacred. Upon completion, a painting
destined for religious purposes will be ritually
by a Buddhist Lama or Guru, thereby transforming the thangka into a living
embodiment of enlightened mind.
Shakya Statues Trade
Shakya Statues Trade is the eBay business arm of Shakya Statues and the Lama Thangka Art Center. We are located in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, and are experienced eBay sellers (click here to see feedback from our other seller account which has been active for more than a decade).
We simply act as coordinators for your order which is directly fulfilled by the artists and artisans from the Kathmandu Valley. Your statue, ritual item or thangka painting ships to you directly from Nepal. When you purchase a piece of original artwork from Shakya Statues Trade, you are helping to support a beautiful and ancient tradition.
We are 100% committed to providing excellent quality products and superior customer service.
We guarantee that all of our work is held to the highest standards and is among the best available in the market.
We guarantee that our products will be delivered to you free from defects and poor workmanship.
If you receive a defective or damaged product please notify us immediately and we will replace the item at no charge to you.
Your satisfaction is above all important to us. If you wish to return your order
for any reason we will provide a full refund of the purchase price provided you
notify us within ten business days of receipt and return the item to us in new
condition (shipping fees are not refundable). The only exception is with consecrated
items for which we are unable to accept returns.
If you are dissatisfied for any reason please don't hesitate to
We will do everything possible to ensure you are happy with the transaction.
Please let us try to resolve any problems before leaving negative feedback.
Our store is eBay ID Verified (which involves a credit check of the operators) and PayPal Verified (which involves bank account, credit card, and telephone verification). As a result, you have full eBay and PayPal protections on your purchase.
About Antiquities Fraud
Please be aware that it is illegal for sellers in
Tibet, China and Nepal to export genuine antiquities
from their country of origin. Selling genuine antique
items to foreigners is considered to be plundering the
cultural heritage of the country and is severely punished
under national and international law. Sentences
for convicted "smugglers" include lengthy imprisonments
and even execution.
EBay sellers based out of Tibet, China or Nepal claiming to
offer genuine antiques or valuable "old" and "ancient" items are
selling fakes - recently-made modern items finished to look like
antiques. While these items may be appealing, don't be fooled into
paying a higher price for them than they are actually worth.
(Please see this
for more details about antiquities fraud on eBay.)
At Shakya Statues Trade you can always be sure of receiving
the highest quality craftsmanship at fair and honest
prices, direct from the master artisans who performed the work.
These craftsmen carry on the tradition that made these
sacred arts world famous, and their creations are as fine
as any of the past.
We offer many beautiful
"antiquated" items - new creations that have the charm
and unique character of genuine antiques. We also offer
"pristine" artworks that offer the chance of owning a
traditionally-made sculpture or painting with vibrantly
beautiful colors and perfect finishing. All of our items are
handcrafted using the ancient techniques that have
been handed down from generation to generation, by the artisans
who are the true heirs to the tradition.