The high-quality Buddha statues are made of brass, bronze and copper alloys, hand-painted and fire-gilded. The technique, which originated in Nepal, is one of the most elaborate processes in art and looks back on a history of more than 2500 years. Since each casting mold can only be used once, the aim is always to produce a unique piece from the very beginning. With the help of traditional tools, the figure is first modeled in wax. Then the artisan applies several layers of clay and leaves the mold to dry in the sun for several weeks.