Bronze Buddha Statue
Pointing Enlightenment Gesture
Thailand, Circa: 20th century
8.75 in.(22cm), W 5.5 in.(14cm), D 3 in.(7.5cm)
overall very good!
fine Sukhothai bronze Shakyamuni Buddha sits with legs crossed, right hand in
the bhumispara mudra, the "calling the earth to witness" gesture, left hand in
the mudra of meditation. This posture symbolizes the union of method and wisdom,
samasara and nirvana, and the realization of the conventional and ultimate truths.
It was in this posture that Shakyamuni overcame obstructions while meditating
on Truth, transforming delusions into mirror-like wisdom. The power of this classic
Sukhothai Buddha is in its imperturbable trance-like quality, in which the weathered
surface of the bronze appears suffused with the glow of an inner light. The Sukothai
or Sukodhaya Style flowered in the 12th-14th Century when an independent tradition
arose that defined Thai art styles which continue to this day. The unique vision
of Sukhothai art lies not in the invention of novel forms, but in its harmonious
perception of realism.
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