ANTIQUE CAST BRONZE SHAKYAMUNI BUDDHA DISPLAYING THE BHUMISPARSHA MUDRA
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An antique Thai cast bronze statue of the seated Shakyamuni Buddha in the Bhumisparsha mudra position. 'Bhumisparsha' means 'touching the earth' or 'calling the earth to witness.' This mudra represents the moment when the historical Buddha summoned the earth goddess by lightly touching the ground with the middle finger of his right hand and became enlightened underneath the Bodhi tree. Therefore, the Bhumisparsha mudra is a symbol of enlightenment and is often seen in the context of Theravada Buddhist practice. The mudra is always displayed while seated in the full lotus position with the right hand stretched over the right knee, the palm facing inward and the middle finger lightly touching the ground. The left hand is flat in the lap, palm facing up, often with an alms bowl resting in the palm. Because of its strong affiliation with Shakyamuni Buddha, this mudra is mostly exclusive to him.
- 6ʺW × 3.5ʺD × 8.75ʺH
- Aian Antique
- Late 19th Century
- Place of Origin
- Item Type
- Vintage, Antique or Pre-owned
- Very Good Condition, Original Condition Unaltered, No Imperfections
- Condition Notes
- Beautiful Even Bronze Patina. Never Polished.