Antique Khmer Style Southeast Asia Bronze Standing Four Way Buddha Statue - 64cm/26"
Measures (Height) 64cm/26"
Four Antique Khmer style Cambodian Buddhas standing samapada with hand positions or mudra that represent Protection, Teaching, Thoughtfulness and Granting of Boons.
In the serene world of Buddhist iconography, the Abhaya Buddha emerges as a symbol of fearlessness and compassion. The gentle gesture of the raised hand, offering reassurance and protection, distinguishes this representation of the Buddha.
The peaceful countenance of Lord Buddha exudes harmony. The Abhaya mudra "gesture of fearlessness" is a mudra (gesture) that offers protection, reassurance and safety.
Dispelling fear and according divine protection and bliss in many Indian religions. The hand is held upright, and the palm is facing outwards. This is one of the earliest mudras found depicted on a number of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain images.
The Abhaya Buddha is characterized by a specific mudra, or hand gesture, known as the Abhaya Mudra. In this gesture, the right hand is raised with the palm facing outward, fingers extended upwards, and the arm positioned at shoulder height. The Abhaya Mudra symbolizes fearlessness, protection, and the dispelling of fear.
The Teaching Buddha, also known as the Dharmachakra Mudra, is a central and revered image in Buddhism. This iconic representation of the Buddha carries profound meaning and symbolism within the context of Buddhist philosophy and practice.
The Buddha is stood in a state of meditative serenity. The bodies profile is with broad shoulders and slender waist, covered by a Sanghati robe worn diagonally over the left shoulder, and is graced by a heavily pleated flap draped to the navel. The right shoulder is left bare. The Buddha features an oval shaped face, with almond shaped downcast eyes. Curved eyebrows meet above a prominent nose, and contoured lips with an exalted expression, appear smiling.
The Buddha is stood with his right hand raised in front of his chest in the dharmachakra mudra. In sanskrit dharmachakra means the 'Wheel of Dharma'. This mudra symbolises one of the most important moments in the life of Buddha, the occasion when he preached to his companions the first sermon after his Enlightenment in the Deer Park at Sarnath. It therefore denotes the setting into motion of the Wheel of the teaching of the Dharma. In this mudra the thumb and index finger of both hands touch at their tips to form a circle. This circle represents the Wheel of Dharma, or in metaphysical terms, the union of method and wisdom.
The Teaching Buddha, with its iconic gesture of turning the wheel of Dharma, encapsulates the essence of Buddhist philosophy and practice. It represents the Buddha's profound realization of the nature of suffering and his compassionate mission to guide others toward liberation.
The third enlightened Buddha is depicted in the Thoughtful mudra. The Buddhist symbol for those born on a Friday. Representing an Open-Eye posture, the Buddha stands with hands crossed over his chest, in pensive thought.
The right hand is placed over the left. Here, the enlightened Buddha contemplates his achievements and knowledge, standing still for 7 days under the Bodhi Tree to contemplate the suffering of all living things.
Granting of Boons
The fourth and final Buddha has both lowered hands in the varada mudra. This mudra offers charity, compassion and the granting of wishes. It signifies the five perfections: Generosity, Morality, Patience, Effort and Meditative Concentration, through the five extended fingers.
Each Buddha has a peaceful countenance with downcast introspective eyes and a firm brow.
Each has a large ushnisha protuberance on top of his head symbolizing his high level of spiritual development. Their earlobes are stretched long from a youth spent as a prince wearing heavy gold earrings.
The four Buddha are stood on a beautiful lotus flower. The lotus flower represents the attaining of enlightenment and the ultimate fulfilment that follows. This symbol is heavily used in Eastern religions, which is why it can appear as both a held item or a seat. Some say that as the lotus flower grows in dirty water but becomes something beautiful, it demonstrates how we must forget our attachments to the material world around us and focus on our inner spirituality in order to seek happiness.
A wonderful piece representing the most significant elements of Buddhist teaching. The sculpture provides the perfect traditional in appearance Buddha to bring serenity and timeless style to your home, office or sacred space.
The casting is beautiful as you can see in the fine details of the fingers and toes. Each detail is rendered perfectly.
The distinctive patina of the piece is also particularly delightful. The four Buddha in a single statue is an unusual piece.
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