Antique Inodnesian Style Javanese Majapahit Standing Bronze Vishnu Statue - Protector & Preserver - 44cm/18"
Measurements Height 44cm/18"
An antique Java Style standing bronze Vishnu sculpture in the 13th century Majapahit style.
Vishnu is both world protector and preserver, restorer of moral order - he is all-powerful and all-pervasive by nature. The Vishnu is stood samabhanga on a simple pedestal which, is itself, stood upon a loose mounted wooden mount.
The lowered right hand makes the boon bestowing gesture (varada mudra). He holds his hands in the wish-fulfilling mudra: his right hand facing down and the palm outward and his left in the Teaching mudra.
His left hand raised in front of his chest in the dharmachakra mudra. In sanskrit dharmachakra means the 'Wheel of Dharma'. It 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. He wears a richly bejewelled dohti and upavita.
His face has a downcast gaze. Upon his head he wears a decorative Javanese style tiara in front of his Kirita-Makuta or tall conical crown. This symbolises control over Positive and Negative attitudes. He has an aquiline nose and elongated earlobes with large ear rings.
The sculpture has a wonderful azurite and malachite patina. 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.