Antique Khmer Style Bronze Enlightenment Phnom Da Buddha Statue - 15cm/6"
Measures (Height) 15cm/6"
A pre-Angkor early 8th century style seated bronze Khmer Phnom Da style Buddha.
This lovely Buddha is seated on a simple pedestal. He is clothed in monastic dress composed of two traditional elements, an undergarment consisting of a long piece of cloth draped around the hips, and a long loose Sanghati robe that covers his left shoulder. The clothing sensuously hugs the body revealing the anatomy beneath, a drapery style inspired by early seventh century Dvaravati styles that can be traced back to styles in Gupta period India.
The Buddha's face is serene, with a naturalistic and warm expression. The hair is simply depicted as it rises to the lotus flower shaped ushnisha, symbolizing his high level of spiritual development. The face has half closed eyes that suggest an inner meditation , a rather sensuous mouth and a barely dimpled chin.
The surface of the Buddha has a very appealing deep malachite green.
His hands are in the Bhumisparsa mudra, the gesture of Enlightenment. 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.
This traditional in appearance piece is sure to add serenity to your home, office or sacred space.
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