An elegant cast bronze buddha with brown patina and remnants of red lacquer , seated in full lotus position in double lotus throne,
This statue have characteristic Shan traits including a triangular face delineated with a broad forehead, eyebrows that arch high over his narrowly opened eyes, a pointed nose, pursed thin lips, large and elongated ears, and a short neck.
His hair coiffed in a lovely ushnisha is topped by a pointed crown. Shan Buddhas, like this example, are often seated in Vajrasana pose with hands in Bhumisparsha or calling the earth to witness Mudra, his left hand on lap with palm upright and his right hand touching the earth.
This Mudra symbolizes the moment of Buddha's enlightenment.
According to legend, Siddhartha Gautama (the historical Buddha) was attacked by a demon Mara with legions of frightful monsters. They intended to scare Siddhartha away from the sacred Bodhi tree.
However, Siddhartha would not move. Mara then dared to claim Siddhartha's seat of enlightenment for himself, claiming that his spiritual deeds were more significant than Siddhartha's. Mara's monsters cried out, "I am his witness!" and Mara looked at Siddhartha and challenged, "Who will speak for you?" Siddhartha replied without words and he reached out his right hand to touch the earth, and the earth boldly pronounced, "I bear you witness!"
19th century / C.1865
Good global condition with fine patina remain of lacquer.
Some small lacks visible on picture
French private collection
- XIX secolo
- Regione/paese d'origine
- Titolo dell'opera
- A bronze buddha statue - Shan Tai yai period
- In buone condizioni, vedi descrizione
- 28×15×9 cm