Antique Indonesian Style Seated Bronze Javanese Enlightenment Buddha Triptych - 16.5cm/7"
Measures (Height) 16.5cm/7"
An Indonesian (Java) Enlightenment Buddha triptych in 13th century Majapahit style. These three lovely Buddha are each seated on a double lotus leaf pedestal which are themselves seated upon a lotus leaf. The symbol of purity.
The robe of each Buddha is draped to leave the right shoulder bare, and a portion of the garment that covers the left wrist falls behind each figure. The lower hem of each robe comes all the way down so that the under-cloth or skirt is completely covered.
An aureole, with flaming finial sits behind the head of each Buddha. These circles of light symbolise his divinity.
Here, each 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.
Each Buddha also has a third eye or urna on his forehead symbolizing the ability of Buddha to see past our mundane universe of suffering.
A serene and meaningful representation of the enlightened Buddha.
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Buddha’s teachings are known as “dharma.” Buddhism teaches that wisdom, kindness, patience, generosity and compassion are important virtues.
Here we discuss the meaning behind the dharmachakra mudra or Teaching Buddha.