Antique Khmer Style Wood Standing Teaching Monday Buddha Statue - 81cm/32"
Measures (Height) 81cm/32"
An antique Khmer style teak wood Buddha from Cambodia.
The enlightened Buddha is depicted 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 his right hand 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 Buddha has a peaceful countenance with downcast introspective eyes and a firm brow. His earlobes are stretched long from a youth spent as a prince wearing heavy gold earrings.
The large lotus flower shaped finial on top of his head, symbolizes his high level of spiritual development. The carving is beautiful as you can see in the fine details of the face and hands. Each detail is rendered perfectly. The distinctive patina of the piece is also particularly delightful.
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No statue of Buddha can help with tooth removals or leg amputations, but the statement stands that if you know what the Buddha can do for you, you are more likely to achieve success in your spiritual endeavours.