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Buddha Shakyamuni

Shan

Origin: unknown
size: inches 21.3 (54 cm)
Provenance: Private Collection Janya, Bangkok

This figure represents the most characteristic form of Buddhist religious sculpture. The posture is known as bhumisparsha mudra, means "earth witness". It shows the moment when Buddha was seated in meditation under the Bodhi tree. He was asked by Mara (the personification of evil) to name anyone who would give evidence that he had given alms. Here he has moved his right hand in order to touch the earth in front of him.

The gilded wooden statue with black and red laquer was carved in the late 18th century Shan style.

Buddha Shan   Buddha Shan
   
Buddha Shan   Buddha Shan
The Wintermeier Collection (©2005-2018)