Antique Khmer Style Varada or Boon Granting Angkor Wat Buddha Statue - 54cm/22"
Measures (Height) 54cm/22"
A 12th century style Angkor Wat Buddha seated in the Varada mudra or charity and compassion gesture.
The Buddha's face is serene, with a naturalistic and warm expression; his head is topped by a detailed lotus flower ushnisha, in the Angkor Wat style, symbolizing his high level of spiritual development. The bodies profile is with broad shoulders and slender waist, covered by a Sanghati robe worn diagonally over the left shoulder. The right shoulder is left bare.
The Buddha features an oval face, with almond shaped downcast eyes. Curved eyebrows meet above a prominent nose, and contoured lips with an exalted expression, appear smiling. His earlobes are stretched long from a youth spent as a prince wearing heavy gold earrings. The surface of the Buddha has an aged deep malachite green appearance.
The Buddha is seated in the Varada mudra. This symbolizes charity, compassion and boon-granting. It is the mudra of the accomplishment of the wish to devote oneself to human salvation.
The five extended fingers in this mudra symbolize the following five perfections: Generosity Morality Patience Effort Meditative concentration In his right hand he holds a chakra, in his left a bell.
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