Antique Chinese Style Seated Bronze Enlightenment Buddha Statue - 35cm/14"
Measures - (Height) 35cm/14"
An antique Chinese style Buddha seated with both of his hands in the Bhumisparsa mudra, the gesture of Enlightenment.
This lovely Buddha is seated in the lotus or Padmasana position, with each foot placed on the opposite thigh and hands raised in the double Bhumisparsa or Enlightenment mudra. His robes cascade fluidly from his left shoulder. His robe is draped to leave the right shoulder bare, and a portion of the garment that covers the left wrist falls behind the figure. The lower hem of the robe comes all the way down so that the undercloth or skirt is completely covered.
The Buddha is seated in the double 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.
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