detail on this early 19th century antique gilt Tibetan depiction of Shakyamuni
is highly refined and polished by time. Shakyamuni is the historical Buddha. In
the Buddhist tradition there are many Buddhas throughout time but Shakyamuni is
the Buddha of our era a man who became a Buddha reminding us that the seed of
enlightenment, boddhicitta is in each one of us. This Buddha’s countenance radiates
a deep peace that subtly changes in tone as you view the statue from different
Buddha’s left hand holds a medicine bowl filled with long life nectar. Tibetans
use an ancient form of medicine known as Gso-wa Rig-pa or "The Knowledge of Healing"
whose origins are based on the teachings of the historical Buddha. With his right
hand Shakyamuni touches the ground connecting the moment of his enlightenment
with the grace of Mother Earth. His robes, which fall gracefully over his body,
are etched with highly detailed designs which are fully embossed into the vestments.
When you run your figures over them you can feel the depth of textures and patterns.
conveys a sense of a deity that has received multiple offerings overtime. This
is a substantial find and an exceptional example of early 19th century Tibetan