Origin: Bhutan or Nepal. Circa: 19th Century
H. 8 in.(20cm), W. 7 in.(18cm), D. 4.5 in.(11.5cm)
Condition: very good!
Rendered in realism with lively characteristics, this gilded bronze Lama Rinpoche brings to life an intrinsic healing energy. Here the Teacher is seated upright in an austere equipoise on a half-moon cushion overlay with intricate hand chased motifs. He is dressed in an elaborately layered traditional Tibetan monk robe, harmonized with symmetry of curves and folds that adds to an perfect equilibrium to the figure. In his right hand he displays the Varada mudra, and in his left the Dhyana mudra that holds a flame-shaped dharma-chakra, the eight-spokes Dharma Wheel of the eight treasures that symbolizes the Eightfold Noble Path to nirvana; thus the figure beckons us to identify him to be one of the eight brothers of the Bhaisajyaguru, whose healing power flows forth in the practices of Right View, Right Thought, Right Speech, Right Conduct, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, and Right Concentration.
According to tradition, the Dharma Wheel was initially turned when Shakyamuni delivered his first sermon. Visualize the Buddha and meditate upon his teaching are the dharma that dissolves the veils of ignorance. This portrait quality Rinpoche evokes sacred geometries rendered in human form. In spite of its age, the statue is in very good condition.