Antique Burmese Style Bronze Shan Varada Ratnasambhava Buddha Statue - 41cm/16"
Measures – (Height) 41cm/16”
Antique Shan style Buddha statue from Burma in charity and meditation mudra.
The statue is based on a Jambupati Buddha image of the Burmese Shan-type dating to the 17th-18th century. The Buddha wears costly royal jewelry. Under the royal jewelry the Buddha wears a monk’s robe, the border of which falls over the left arm. The Buddha, which for the most part corresponds to the characteristics of the bronze “Jambupati” type, wears a traditional Shan-diadem with tall pointed ushnisha. The diadem is shaped as a lotus flower bud.
The Buddha has elongated earlobes and wears heavy piercing horn earrings. The bodies profile is with broad shoulders and slender waist. He 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 Buddha is seated on a decorated pedestal in the Varada and Dhyana mudras. The Varada mudra symbolizes charity, compassion and boon-granting. It is the mudra of the accomplishment of the wish to devote oneself to human salvation. The five extended fingers in this mudra symbolize the following five perfections: Generosity Morality Patience Effort Meditative concentration This mudra is rarely used alone, but usually in combination with another.
Here the left hand is in the Dhyana Mudra. The Dhyana mudra is the mudra of meditation, of concentration on the Good law, and of the attainment of spiritual perfection. According to tradition, this mudra derives from the one assumed by the Buddha when meditating under the pipal tree before his Enlightenment. This gesture was also adopted since time immemorial, by yogis during their meditation and concentration exercises. It indicates the perfect balance of thought, rest of the senses, and tranquillity.
Ratnasambhava, the third Dhyani Buddha displays this mudra. Under his spiritual guidance, the delusion of pride becomes the wisdom of sameness. The Varada mudra is the key to this transformation.
The casting is beautiful as you can see in the fine details of the face. Each detail is rendered perfectly. The distinctive azurite and malachite patina of the piece is also particularly delightful. The peaceful countenance of Lord Buddha exudes harmony. The sculpture provides the perfect Buddha to bring serenity and timeless style to your home, office or sacred space.
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