AGE: – Early 19th Century
CONSTRUCTION:- – Bronze
DESCRIPTION: – 19th Century Burmese Bronze Mandalay Buddha Statue – decorated with glass mosaics, stone eyes and gilded
DEPTH: – 19cm
WEIGHT:– 9.7 kg.
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19th Century Burmese Bronze Mandalay Buddha Statue seated on a plain pedestal. A double band of coloured glass mosaics with a central medallion span the forehead from ear to ear. The hand gesture is in Bhumisparsa Mudra. The Buddha sits in meditation with his left palm upright on his lap, his right hand touching the earth, representing the moment of the Buddha’s enlightenment. The original gilding remains with age related wear showing the dark lacquer underneath.
Mudra’s in Buddhist iconography is a body posture or hand gesture with special meaning. The earth touching mudra is also referred to as the Bhumisparsa Mudra (Bhumi-sparsha). This mudra represents steadfastness or unshakability. One of the five Dhyani Buddha’s Akshobhya is also associated with the earth touching mudra, because he was immovable in keeping a vow never to feel anger or hatred towards others.