Gilded scenerios from around the world.
In the Mahamuni Pagoda of Mandalay the entire inner temple gleams with gold. This particular Buddha has had so much gold leaf applied that his body has become lumpy with it. Myanmar wins the award for the most gilding. Here is a post about the fascinating process of creating gold leaf in the Gold Pounder’s Market in Mandalay.In northern Europe the gilding is often subtle, such as these gilded flowers in the vaulted ceiling of the Gloucester Cathedral in England. Belgium and Holland are the Northern Europe exceptions, with touches of gilding on many statues and buildings; this is the Grand Place in Brussels. Two gilt lions rampart holding a shield (containing even more lions) on a building in Edam, Holland.A golden statue on the steeple of the chapel at Cap Fagnet on the Normandy Coast of France.
To the new world and the Las Vegas golden MGM Lion.A gilded cathedral ceiling in Puebla, Mexico. Whenever I walk into a space that is this gilded my jaw drops – it’s a natural reaction to all that gold!And back to Asia with the gilded glassed-in bed for for a prince in Jodhpur Fort, India.Golden deities in a Chinese temple in Singapore.Red & gold painting of a mythical creature combining a lion with the hoofs of a deer in a Melaka Temple in Malaysia.
In my search for local gold the only thing I can find is golden leaves, but maybe this is the best gold of all!