Created and installed by Will Mead, these tiles line every window in this Buddhist temple at Diamond Mountain in Arizona.
Sorry George, the plain metal pole isn’t going to rate in this household unless you provide the poledancing class to go with it [http://www.shemoves.com.au]. This is much more my style.
Birmingham Buddhist Centre.
Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep is a Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai province in Thailand.
According to legend, a monk named Sumanathera from Sukhothai had a dream; in this dream god told him to go to Pang Cha and look for a relic. Sumanathera ventured to Pang Cha and is said to have found a bone, which many claim was Buddha’s shoulder bone. The relic displayed magical powers; it glowed, it was able to vanish, it could move itself and replicate itself. Sumanathera took the relic to King Dharmmaraja who ruled the Sukhothai.
White elephant shrine
The eager Dharmmaraja made offerings and hosted a ceremony when Sumanathera arrived. However the relic displayed no abnormal characteristics, and the king, doubtful of the relic’s authenticity, told Sumanathera to keep it.
However, King Nu Naone of the Lanna Kingdom heard of the relic and offered the monk to take it to him instead. In 1368 with Dharmmaraja’s permission, Sumanathera took the relic to what is now Lamphun, in northern Thailand. The relic apparently split in two, one piece was the same size, the other was smaller than the original. The smaller piece of the relic was enshrined at a temple in Suandok. The other piece was placed by the King on the back of a white elephant which was released in the jungle. The elephant is said to have climbed up Doi Suthep, at the time called Doi Aoy Chang (Sugar Elephant Mountain), trumpeted three times before dying at the site. It was interpreted as a sign and King Nu Naone ordered the construction of a temple at the site. [Wikipedia]
I find mosaics are such a wonderful way of decorating tombs. This first photo is one of my favourites.
This is a headstone in a Berkshire churchyard. A true labour of love.
From the Thai section of the LA Cemetery.
2nd Lt. Charles William Janes, a First World War RAF pilot.
From Livorno, Italy.
St Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Kensal Green, London
Abney Park, London.
Mosaic portraits are alive and well in Venice.
“The Grand Palace (Thai: พระบรมมหาราชวัง, Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang) is a complex of buildings in Bangkok, Thailand. It served as the official residence of the king of Thailand from the 18th century to the mid-20th century. After the death of King Ananda in the Baromphiman Palace, King Bhumibol moved the official royal residence to Chitralada Palace. Construction on the palace complex began in 1782 during the reign of Rama I.
The palace complex sits on the Chao Phraya River, at 13°45′00″N, 100°29′30″E. The other approaches to the palace are protected by a defensive wall of length 1900 m, which encloses an area of 218400 square metres Further out from the wall is a canal dug also for defensive purposes, making the area surrounding the palace Rattanakosin Island.
Prominent parts of the Grand Palace:
* Wat Phra Kaew, the temple containing the Emerald Buddha
* Chakri Mahaprasad Hall, a building in a style influenced by the Italian Renaissance”