Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Annashaab Vase with Buddha’s Hand

Annashaab Vase with Buddha’s Hand
In this installment of the pots and plants series we have an Annashaab vase with a Buddha’s Hand. The Annashaab vase was made in Lervarefabrikken Annashaab and was likely designed by Eiler Løndal (1887 - 1971) who came to Annashaab after the closing of Danico (another pottery maker) in 1929 - as described by Starkeld.com where we purchased the vase. The Annashaab Pottery existed between 1891-1958. This vase is stamped with an L in a A and Denmark and is incised 618.

The Buddha’s Hand is also called a Fingered Citron and has the scientific name Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis. The variety name derives comes from sarco, from the Greek sarx or sarkos meaning flesh, and dactylis, from the Greek daktylos for finger. Sarcodactylis refers to the unusual shape of this member of the citrus family: it looks like many plump fingers. The visual aspect of it caught our eye first in the local grocery store, but it is the subtle and intoxicating smell that sealed the deal. It turns out that scenting rooms is one of the ways people use this citron. And so the Buddha’s Hand sits in an Annashaab vase in an area we pass by frequently so we catch a whiff. So far we’ve only been enjoying the visual and olfactory aspects of the Buddha’s Hand and haven’t tried it in a culinary setting.

When you look at the imagery of Buddha, pay attention to the hand gestures or mudras. Each mudra has a meaning like gesture of warning, greeting, or reassurance. What is our Buddha Hand saying to us?

Annashaab Vase with Buddha’s HandAnnashaab Vase with Buddha’s Hand

Annashaab Vase Bottom Stamp and Incision
Annashaab Vase with Buddha’s Hand

3 comments:

  1. I think it is saying "you guys are crazy mo-fo's!"

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  2. and I should know because i do yoga... ya, i'm so expert on everything mudra.

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  3. File under: what you can learn at the grocery store. This citron lasted about 1 month and then we got another, even crazier looking.

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