Antique Burmese Style Royal Shan Bronze Enlightenment Buddha Statue - 36cm/14"
Measures (Height) 36cm/14"
Antique Shan Royal style Buddha statue from Burma seated in the Bhumisparsa or Enlightenment mudra or pose. The statue is similar to that of the Jambupati Buddha image of the Burmese Shan-type dating to the 17th-18th century.
The Buddha wears costly royal jewellery. Under the royal jewellery 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 a lotus bud ushnisha. A high ketumala finial rises above the crown with two elaborate flanges.
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 Buddha is seated in the Bhumisparsa or 'Calling the Earth to Witness' mudra. With fingers slightly touching the ground this position represents the subduing of Mara (a demon) who bombarded Buddha with demons, monsters, violent storms and the three seductive daughters. Remaining steadfast the Buddha testified to his meritorious past by pointing to the earth and calling the Earth Goddess, Thorani.
Rising from the ground the Earth Goddess wrings the water from her long black hair. By this action she raises a torrential flood that drowns Mara and his army of demons. This gesture reflects this story symbolizing enlightenment, as well as steadfastness and Buddha's achievement of perfection or nirvana.
The casting is beautiful as you can see in the fine details of the face and torso. 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. One of the most recognisable of the Asian deities this representation of the spiritual teacher Buddha is sure to enlighten your home with endlessly timeless style.
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