Antique Chinese Style Seated Bronze Adoration Buddha - 34cm/14"
Measures (Height) 34cm/14"
A seated Chinese Buddha in adoration pose.
The Buddha is seated on a lotus leaf base, decorated with many Buddha in the Enlightenment pose, in the cross-legged yogic, adamantine posture of vajraparyankasana, the right leg over the left, with the soles of both feet facing upward.
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.
His robe is draped over both shoulders and is also decorated with many Buddha, in the meditation pose. The lower hem of the robe comes all the way down so that the under-cloth or skirt is completely covered.
Mandalas can be seen on the soles of his upturned feet. His hair is formed of tight curls that form a large ushnisha protuberance on top of his head symbolising his high level of spiritual development. His earlobes are stretched long from a youth spent as a prince wearing heavy gold earrings.
The casting is beautiful as you can see in the fine details of the face. Each detail is rendered perfectly. The distinctive patina of the piece is also particularly delightful. He holds his hands clasped together in the adoration pose.
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