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Burmese Post Pagan Bronze Buddha Statue

AGE: – pre 16th Century
DESCRIPTION: – Burmese Pagan Bronze Buddha Statue – There is crack on head and small round hole in the left arm (see pictures). This piece is interesting as it has an emblem or symbol on the back which could possibly indicate a point in time when this Buddha was created or by whom it was dedicated. (See picture).

HEIGHT: – 73cm
WIDTH: – 32cm
DEPTH: – 22cm
WEIGHT: – 23.50 Kg.
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Rare and beautiful Burmese Post Pagan Bronze Buddha Statue with the tips of the fingers resting on the back of an elephant. At the base is an unusual symbol, likely to be an emblem of the family or person who commissioned this Buddha statue.

The elephant is highly significant in Hinduism and Buddhism, and is seen in much of their iconography. The Buddhist belief is that the Buddha Shakyamuni was born as an elephant in a previous incarnation. In his last incarnation as Siddhartha Gautama, he descended from the Tushita pure land and entered his mother’s womb in the form of a white elephant. In India the human figure with an elephant face referred to as Ganesha is the emanation of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara.

The significance of the elephant in Buddhism relates to the story of the taming of the elephant, when the Buddha’s cousin Devadatta, the son of King Suppabuddha and his wife Pamita became materialistic and conceited. Devadatta asked the Buddha to make him leader of the Sangha, the Buddha rejected his request, whereupon Devadatta became jealous and angry with the Buddha and sought revenge. On his third attempt to kill the Buddha he forced the elephant Nalagiri to drink liquor, hoping that the elephant would attack and kill him.

When the Buddha approached the elephant, the drunken elephant charged wildly at the Buddha, making a lot of noise, but the Buddha remained calm. When he got closer to the Buddha he felt the love and kindness emanate from him and he suddenly stopped. The elephant became docile and allowed the Buddha to stroke him. The Buddha spoke softly to the elephant, after which the elephant removed the dust from the Buddha’s feet with his trunk and scattered the dust over his own head, the elephant finally retreated without turning his back on the Buddha.

Davadatta was later to become ill, and on his deathbed he repented his actions.

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