LOTUS ASIAN ANTIQUES                                                                                 English / Deutsch

 


"Om Mani
Padma Hum"

Behold! The jewel in the lotus!


"The six syllables, Om Mani Padme Hum, mean that in dependence on the practice which is in indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body, speech and mind into the pure body, speech, and mind of a Buddha."

H.H. The Dalai Lama

 



The Collector

I am Karl Krieger , collector and dealer of Southeast Asian  antique art by vocation.
 The art bug bit me early on in life, when I was seventeen years old, searching the flea markets at the Turmweg and  the old fish market in my native town of Hamburg , Germany.
 
At first, the fascination led me into an active trade of European antiques across the Channel with the dealers in Londonís Bermondsey Street, and occasionally  into the  halls of Sothebyís and Christieís.
I later sealed my MBA in economics at Hamburg University with a paper on the international trade in art.

 By 1989 I had ventured into  Asia and developed an increasing interest in  the beauty  of its art.  Extensive travels  throughout Southeast Asia followed, and after seventeen years in the region. I now spend  my time between Europe and , for the most part , the Far East.

 



The Collection

It is named after the Lotus flower, and consists mainly of Buddha sculptures  from Southeast Asia.

The Lotus has become the most important symbol of Buddhism because of its very special characteristics. Being a plant that draws its strength out of the muddy grounds of shallow waters, while keeping its leaves and flowers high above and clean, it has inspired Buddhism from the very beginning. It has thus found its way into almost every expression of the Asian continentís art.

 
The collection contains antique art acquired respecting the heritage of the people who created it.
We seek to find worthy connoisseurs and protectors 
of its contents. 
We serve as a bridge  between East and West, preserving the past to bring joy to the present.

Enjoy viewing the images. And we hope you will find  a piece that brings happiness into your home!

 

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