Antique Thai Style Standing Bronze Brahma Statue - 76cm/30"
Measurements Height 76cm/30"
An antique Thai style bronze Brahma sculpture.
Brahma is the Hindu God of Creation and one of the Trimurti, the others being Vishnu and Shiva.
Brahma's four faces look North, South, East and West. The Brahma is stood samabhanga on a round lotus petal pedestal which is itself stood on a decorated pedestal. The lotus flower represents purity, compassion and the giving of great joy to all.
His hands hold a variety of items including a lotus bud, Fan and Mandala. His lower left hand is held in a gesture of teaching. His lower right hand holds a Kalasha. The kalasha is considered a symbol of abundance and "source of life" in the Vedas. It is referred to as "overflowing full vase" in the Vedas. The Kalasha is believed to contain amrita, the elixir of life, and thus is viewed as a symbol of abundance, wisdom, and immortality.
He wears a richly bejewelled dohti and upavita. His face has a downcast gaze. Upon his head he wears a decorative Thai style tiara in front of his Kirita-Makuta or tall conical crown. This symbolises control over Positive and Negative attitudes. On his forehead he has a third eye or urna.
He has an aquiline nose and elongated earlobes with large ear rings. The sculpture has a wonderful verdigris patina.
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Shiva is one of the most powerful gods, equipped with the power to destroy and create – it is this power that many people celebrate in their homes with a Shiva idol.
Shiva is one of three main deities that make up the Hindu triumvirate.