Disciple Statue - Antique Indonesian Style Bronze Javanese Disciple of Buddha Statue - 27cm/11"
Measures (Height) 27cm/11"
A rare and unusual Indonesian Javanese style sculpture of a devotee of Buddha - Shariputra or Maudgalyayana. Here the sculptor has imparted a touching sense of youthful tenderness. Contemporaries of Buddha, they were legendary for their piety and power.
This delightful Devotee is stood samabhanga on a round double lotus pedestal, itself set upon a simple square 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.
He wears a simple loin cloth but with some jewellery around the neck and arms. With his right hand he makes an offering to Buddha.
The devote reflects a profound inner peace and mental serenity attained through meditation and mindfulness.
He is surrounded by a flaming aureole, representing his divinity. His head protected by a canopy.
His head is supplanted with a full head of hair.
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