AGE: – Pre 16th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Bronze
DESCRIPTION: – Bronze Burmese Pagan Buddha Statue Mara’s Daughters
HEIGHT: – 83cm
WIDTH: – 42cm
DEPTH: – 28cm
WEIGHT:– 39 kg.
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Bronze Burmese Pagan Buddha Statue Mara’s Daughters – with right hand gesture in Bhumisparsa mudra “calling earth to witness”, seated on a double lotus pedestal with figures underneath the Buddha in relief of scantily clad women dancing seductively in front of the Buddha, believed to be the daughters of Mara, sometimes referred to as the “Lord of Death” or the “tempter”.
Mara and his daughters is related to the the events in the life of the Buddha and his enlightenment. Whilst he was meditating Mara tried to seduce, tempt and thwart Gautama Buddha’s path to enlightenment with the vision of beautiful women. Mara is also one of the earliest non human figures to appear in Buddhist scriptures. Each of Mara’s daughters represent the different aspects of the human condition such as desire, greed, delusion, discontentment and passion. The demon Mara in Hindu mythology has three daughters, but some stories refer to five daughter, the other two include the daughters Fear and pride.
This statue shows five female figures with Pride and Fear seated at either end.
Mara’s claim to the seat of enlightenment was threatened by the future Buddha’s enlightenment, so he brought all his armies in the form of demons to confront Siddhartha, whereupon Mara challenged Siddhartha Gautama by asking “Who will speak for you? The Buddha stretched his arm out and touched the earth with his fingers, and the earth itself spoke saying, “I bear you witness”, after which Mara disappeared.\
The above events in the life of the Buddha are depicted in paintings, Buddhist iconography and the rare bronze Buddhist Stele.