Buddha - Antique Khmer Style Bronze Seated Enthroned Teaching Buddha Statue - 95cm/38"
Measures (Height) 95cm/38"
A stunning antique Khmer style seated and enthroned bronze Teaching Buddha statue. In typical, post-Angkor style the sculpture possesses a grandeur, at the same time, the statue is not submitted to strict iconographic norms, the statue loses its stiffness and becomes more human.
The sculpture embodies authority with its heavy silhouette. The features suggest the prana, or inner breath, that signifies superhuman power.
Generally, the sculpture demonstrates a feeling of elegance and softness. The image radiates an aloofness, the quiet power of Buddha and the sensuality typical of the post-Angkor Wat period.
The Buddha is seated in the half lotus position with his 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 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 fullness of the form gives the face a softness which accentuates the almost downcast eyes, and the fleshy and sensual lips. The face shows a strong sense of observation. The inner rims of the ears display the characteristic tripart scalloped treatment. The lobes hang low, stretched from a youth spent as a prince wearing heavy gold earrings. The face is defined by slightly arched eyebrows, full rimmed lips, wide open rimmed eyes and an aquiline nose.
A lotus flower can also be seen atop the Buddha's head. This ushnisha symbolizes Buddha's high level of spiritual development.
The Buddha is enthroned on an ornate double lotus leaf pedestal. 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.
Both hands of Buddha demonstrate a mandala, a symbol of meditation and serenity.
In various spiritual traditions, mandalas can be used to focus the attention of practitioners and adepts, as a spiritual guidance tool, for establishing a sacred space and as an aid to meditation. In the Eastern religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Shinto it is used as a map representing deities, or especially in the case of Shinto, paradises, kami or actual shrines.
A mandala generally represents the spiritual journey, starting from outside to the inner core, through layers.
The sculpture is comprised of two separate, but interlocking pieces. The Buddha sculpture and pedestal being separate pieces.
The casting is beautiful as you can see in the fine details of the face and torso. Each detail is rendered perfectly. The distinctive patina of the piece is also particularly delightful.
Styled after artistic techniques prevalent in the time of the powerful Khmer Empire of South East Asia. This traditional in appearance piece is sure to add a unique touch to any room of your home or workplace.
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