Masterpiece Antique Indonesian Style Seated Bronze Javanese Preaching Buddha - 18cm/7"
Measures (Height) 18cm/7"
An Indonesian (Java) seated preaching Buddha in 13th century Majapahit style. The Buddha is seated on a round double lotus leaf base with his feet resting on a separate double lotus leaf pedestal.
His robe is draped over his left shoulder, 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 under-cloth or skirt is completely covered.
An aureole or halo sits behind the head of the Buddha. This circle of light symbolises his divinity.
He holds his hands in front of his chest in the dharmachakra mudra. In sanskrit dharmachakra means the 'Wheel of Dharma'. This mudra symbolises one of the most important moments in the life of Buddha, the occasion when he preached to his companions the first sermon after his Enlightenment in the Deer Park at Sarnath. It therefore denotes the setting into motion of the Wheel of the teaching of the Dharma. In this mudra the thumb and index finger touch at their tips to form a circle. This circle represents the Wheel of Dharma, or in metaphysical terms, the union of method and wisdom. This symbolises generosity.
The detail and patina of the piece are delightful.
Provenance: Ex- private Singapore collection. All items are guaranteed to be as described. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all purchases upon request.
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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.