Sakyamuni Buddha

Sakyamuni is considered to be the historical Buddha- Siddhārtha Gautama– THE Buddha, if you will. The Tibetan version is also much thinner than the Chinese Buddha whose belly you rub for money, also known as Laughing Buddha or Budai. Sakyamuni’s statue is often shows him seated in meditation holding an alms bowl with his left hand, and his right hand touching the earth.

Over the years of oppression of the Tibetan people as well as destruction of monasteries, the Chinese Communists have amassed quite a stockpile of Buddha statues, all being sold now online to unsuspecting customers who can’t quite put historical facts together with modern reality, or perhaps just don’t care that so many have been robbed of their personal sacred shrines.

Search for “Sakyamuni” on Ebay

  • 9,108 on 12/18/2015 including 100 auctioned in 10 days
  • 9,323 on 01/05/2016 including 127 auctioned in 10 days
  • 9,323 on 01/20/2016 including 129 auctioned in 10 days
  • 9,627 on 03/16/2016 including 178 auctioned in 10 days
  • 10,145 on 04/21/2016 including 163 auctioned in 10 days
  • 10,438 on 05/03/2016 including 173 auctioned in 10 days
  • 11,607 on 06/21/2016 including 358 auctioned in 10 days
  • 12,282 on 07/25/2016 including 374 auctioned in 10 days
  • 13,309 on 09/11/2016 including 374 auctioned in 10 days
  • 14,060 on 09/19/2016 including 475 auctioned in 10 days
  • 14,055 on 10/27/2016 including 413 auctioned in 10 days
  • 14,433 on 11/19/2016 including 420 auctioned in 10 days
  • 14,729 on 12/01/2016 including 348 auctioned in 10 days
  • 15,229 on 02/17/2017 including 431 auctioned in 10 days
  • 16,280 on 04/18/2017 including 478 auctioned in 10 days
  • 14,050 on 05/19/2017 including 380 auctioned in 10 days
  • 15,426 on 07/15/2017 including 474 auctioned in 10 days
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Number of “Sakyamuni” items sold on Ebay 2015-1017

Search for “Shakyamuni” on Ebay

  • 9,164 on 12/18/2015 including 101 auctioned in 10 days
  • 9,243 on 01/6/2016 including 79 auctioned in 10 days
  • 9,261 on 01/20/2016 including 73 auctioned in 10 days
  • 10,118 on 03/16/2016 including 174 auctioned in 10 days
  • 10,457 on 04/21/2016 including 125 auctioned in 10 days
  • 10,689 on 05/03/2016 including 128 auctioned in 10 days
  • 11,997 on 06/21/2016 including 375 auctioned in 10 days
  • 12,860 on 07/25/2016 including 338 auctioned in 10 days
  • 13,747 on 09/11/2016 including 270 auctioned in 10 days
  • 14,666 on 09/19/2016 including 381 auctioned in 10 days
  • 14,885 on 10/27/2016 including 400 auctioned in 10 days
  • 15,080 on 11/19/2016 including 435 auctioned in 10 days
  • 13,366 on 12/01/2016 including 370 auctioned in 10 days
  • 14,960 on 01/30/2017 including 180 auctioned in 10 days (week of Chinese New Year)
  • 15,933 on 02/17/2017 including 433 auctioned in 10 days
  • 16,652 on 04/18/2017 including 425 auctioned in 10 days
  • 13,967 on 05/19/2017 including 352 auctioned in 10 days
  • 15,270 on 07/15/2017 including 456 auctioned in 10 days

Search for “Buddha” on Ebay

  • 189,541 (mainly Tibetan and Chinese items, but including some other nationalities) on 12/18/2015 including 8,725 auctioned in 10 days
  • 189,001 on 01/6/2016 including 8,474 auctioned in 10 days
  • 191,368 on 01/20/2016 including 8,281 auctioned in 10 days
  • 199,328 on 03/16/2016 including 8,820 auctioned in 10 days
  • 206,127 on 04/21/2016 including 8,820 auctioned in 10 days
  • 208,305 on 05/03/2016 including 8,349 auctioned in 10 days
  • 223,722 on 06/21/2016 including 10,603 auctioned in 10 days
  • 233,119 on 07/25/2016 including 11,353 auctioned in 10 days
  • 248,718 on 09/11/2016 including 9,976 auctioned in 10 days
  • 258,050 on 09/19/2016 including 11,236 auctioned in 10 days
  • 266,636 on 10/27/2016 including 11,353 auctioned in 10 days
  • 267,840 on 11/19/2016 including 11,643 auctioned in 10 days
  • 273,538 on 12/01/2016 including 11,729 auctioned in 10 days
  • 263,058 on 01/30/2017 including 7,833 auctioned in 10 days
  • 278,164 on 02/17/2017 including 11,551 auctioned in 10 days
  • 289,115 on 04/18/2017 including 11,670 auctioned in 10 days
  • 282,896 on 05/19/2017 including 11,466 auctioned in 10 days
  • 295,742 on 07/15/2017 including 11,548 auctioned in 10 days

Search for “Turquoise Buddha” on Ebay

  • 6,746 on 09/19/2016 including 340 auctioned in 10 days
  • 6,969 on 10/27/2016 including 353 auctioned in 10 days
  • 7,303 on 11/19/2016 including 355 auctioned in 10 days
  • 7,232 on 12/01/2016 including 300 auctioned in 10 days
  • 6,811 on 01/30/2017 including 245 auctioned in 10 days
  • 7,120 on 02/17/2017 including 361 auctioned in 10 days
  • 7,373 on 04/18/2017 including 329 auctioned in 10 days
  • 6,889 on 05/19/2017 including 269 auctioned in 10 days
  • 6,500 on 07/15/2017 including 310 auctioned in 10 days
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Number of “Buddha” items sold on Ebay 2015-2017

As the numbers indicate, sales have only been increasing over time, not decreasing, and a noticeable dip happened right at Chinese New Year (further proof that these are mainly being sold by Chinese and not Tibetans or someone else) and also right after I finally talked to some FBI agents recently sales also have noticeably decreased, however this may be unrelated.

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Tons of these old metal locks can be found on Ebay, all were used to lock storehouses or boxes containing valuables, which were also looted. If you count up the locks then you can get an estimate of how many people might have been robbed of all their precious belongings handed down generation after generation.

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This pottery Sakyamuni Buddha head taken directly from a tomb- obviously by the dirt still attached-  was a part of a set which also included a servant with a lamp and a “storyteller” figure which are standard figures to be included in graves at the time, but often rendered from bronze. The examples of a servant with lamp- to light the way through to the next life and essential in voluminous dark spaces of palaces in the past, and the griot to entertain are seen below.

Because these aren’t just random pieces, but complete sets, as well as still being completely covered in dirt- leads one to believe these did not just come from privately held collections, but were recently exhumed and sold directly from the grave. Because of the sheer quantity of these grave goods, low prices, as well as being sold in broad daylight for months if not years on end- it also leads one to believe these aren’t just from a couple random tomb robbers, but large swathes of Chinese history and prehistory are being systematically robbed by the same government who wanted to get rid of everything that was old China a long time ago.

Pottery from around the Tang Dynasty (7th to 9th century) above and bronze gilded with silver that may date as early as the Sanxingdui Culture (12th to 11 century BCE) with the same characters to keep the dead company in the afterlife.


At just over three inches tall, this Buddha statue would have been a perfect size for any nomad, and a perfect price for anyone poor. The mark on the bottom that can barely be seen is a dorje- it is a designation of its authenticity as well as a mark that imbues the statue with added power.

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  • See this auction: sold 1/9/2016 for $9.50 by huaxiacollect116
  • Buy It Now page, same photos, same seller ($22.50; price reduced to $20.02 06/2016; price reduced to $15.50 by 11/2016, 10 available; ” 02/2017) by huaxiacollect116
  • Another auction, same photos, different seller : sold 01/21/2016 $7.50 for by chinamr.gu
  • Another Buy It Now page, different photos, different seller ($15.50- more than 10 available 6/2016; more than 10 available, 33 sold 12/2016; more than 10 available, 46 sold 02/2017) by sellerbeijing8999
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Made of resin and painted, it is meant to emulate turquoise,  one of the Tibetan’s favorite stones, but would have been available for much cheaper to begin with.

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  • See this auction: sold 12/26/2015 for $33.69 by mmholg
  • Another auction, same photos, different seller: no longer a registered user 1/2016 when checked on auction by eryqse43
  • Another auction, different photos, different seller: sold 12/29/2015 for $17.10 by old-china
  • Buy It Now page, different photos, different seller ($51.85) : listing ended 05/20/2016, unclear if sold or not by old-china

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Carved from Shoushan stone, this reclining Buddha is worth more than if he were carved of jade or even lapis lazuli, and would have been worth a small fortune to own to begin with. “Comparing favorably with jade, it far exceeds jade in color. Shoushan stone is the best of all various colored stones in China.” – Shoushan Stone Carving, Cultural China

  • See this auction: sold 1/9/2016 for $17.50 by qing*206219
  • Another auction, same photos, same seller: sold 03/17/2016 for $80.00 by qing*206219

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Carved from pure lapis lazuli and embellished with turquoise, rubies and emeralds, this 11″ tall statue of Sakyamuni would have undoubtedly been owned by only the wealthiest of Tibetans, making them an obvious target for Chinese confiscation of their personal belongings. Though very high quality, is too small of a statue to be placed in a public place like a monastery.

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Thangkas:

Wildly popular like posters of modern movie stars and boy bands, Tibetan thangkas– woven of silk or painted on silk appliqué or cotton are also for sale in great masses on Ebay exclusively by Chinese or foreign sellers, never Tibetans themselves, and none of their items are even shipped from there, though I did catch one seller lying about it.

  • See this auction: sold 12/25/2015 for $7.47 by ktmgallery
  • Another auction, same photos, same seller: sold 01/25/2016 for $21.25 by  ktmgallery
  • Another auction, same photos, same seller: sold 1/11/2016 for $22.63 by ktmgallery
  • See this auction: sold 01/21/2016 for $51.18 by ktmgallery
  • Buy It Now page, same photos, same seller ($59.75): no longer listed 04/2016, unclear if sold by ktmgallery
  • See this auction : no longer a registered Ebay user 06/2016, unclear how much this sold for by artoftibet
  • Another auction, different photos, different seller: no longer a registered user by 09/2016, unclear of what this item sold for by asianartauctionhouse

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  • Sold 02/27/2016 for $79.99 (buy it now) by ktmgallery: no longer a registered user
  • Another auction, different photo (with pink border), different seller by buddhismarts: no longer a registered user
  • See this auction: sold 1/11/2016 for $50.92 by ktmgallery: no longer a registered user 2016
  • Another auction, different photos, same seller as previous: no longer a registered Ebay user 06/2016, unclear what this sold for by artoftibet
  • Another auction, different photos, different seller but I suspect is probably the same as  artoftibet and  ktmgallery but have just changed shop names for the 3rd time since I’ve been following hand-painted thangkas on Ebay by asianartauctionhouse: no longer a registered user 08/2016
  • Another auction, different photos, different seller but I suspect it is the same as asianartauctionhouse (and previous 2 aliases). Location of seller is the same and they also use a stock photo for the thangka backs which is the same in all of the cases by buddhismarts: no longer a registered user when checked back on this auction, unclear if this sold or for how much?
  • Buy It Now page, 2nd set of photos below, different seller  ($99.99- 2 available) but once again I suspect it is the exact same Australian seller using yet a different alias called finebuddhismarts There are very few Australian Ebay sellers and very few hand painted thangka sellers, and when the hand-painted thangka seller is in the same location every time, it supports the theory that it is the exact same seller using multiple aliases, as well as the same photos to sell the goods.

Sakyamuni Buddha Tibetan Thangka 24k Gold

  • See this auction: sold 04/23/2016 for $172.50 by artoftibet

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