AGE: – Pre 16th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Bronze
Height:- – 55cm
Width:- – 40cm
Depth: – – 25cm
Weight: – 22.85 Kg.
A rare and magnificent pre 16th Century Bronze Arakan Crowned Buddha Statue wearing royal attire dating to the Mrauk-U Period. The front of the pedestal is decorated with two lions, two elephants and devotee. Each of these figures relate to important events in the life of the Buddha.
In Buddhism, lions are symbolic of the Bodhisattva’s, they are beings who have attained a high level of spirituality. The lions are guardians of temples and pagodas in China, Thailand, Burma and other countries where Buddhism is practiced. In Burma these guardian lions are referred to as Chinta’s and are seen in pairs, predominately situated at the entrance to a Pagoda. They are the protectors of the dharma and are commonly seen as protectors of the throne of the Buddha.
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The elephant is a symbol of strength and steadfastness. The Buddha was born as an elephant in some of his previous incarnations. In his last incarnation as Siddhartha Gautama he descended from Tushita heaven and entered his mother’s womb in the form of a white elephant.
The right hand of the Buddha is in bhumisparsa mudra “Calling earth to Witness”, whilst the left hand holds a jar (kalasa), thought to contain the “nectar of eternity or longevity” (amrita). The kalasa jar is also frequently seen in Tibetan iconography. Traces of gold leaf still remain with red lacquer exposed in areas.