AGE: Circa 17th – 18th Century
DESCRIPTION: – 17th C Bronze Jambhupati Buddha Statue Shan style. Small piece of the tip of the Usnisha is missing, otherwise good condition, no restorations.
WEIGHT: – 2.80 Kg.
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Burmese 17th C Bronze Jambhupati Buddha Statue dressed in kingly attire, seated in lotus position with legs crossed, wearing a long toothed elaborate crown with decorative side flanges, and long pointed usnisha. The Buddha seen here in this posture holding a bowl in the left hand is referred to as the medicine Buddha. The the right hand holds the fruit from the myrobalan plant.
The myrobalan fruit is believed to aid in the healing of diseases relating to conflicted emotions, ignorance, passion and aggression.
The legend of the Jambhupati style Buddha is thought to have originated during the lifetime of the Buddha and is related to his meeting with the heretic, haughty and conceited king Jambhupati, renowned for terrorizing his kingdom and cruel ways. The Buddha endeavored to convert the King by asking him to forsake his evil ways, and to instead practice kindness, but King Jambhupati was unmoved by this request.
Realizing the king’s total reluctance to change his ways, the Buddha magically appeared in resplendent royal attire that so humbled King Jambhupati, he accepted the Buddhist precepts, he then accepted the dharma and becomes a monk.