A rare 19th century Tibetan bronze statue depicting the Buddha in the ‘healing’ posture. He is depicted with a happy and relaxed expression, like the gaze of a carefree person who is doing good, rising above human nature.
This statue is ideal for inspiring décor and for lovers of Asian art. The story goes that Prince Gautama Siddhartha was the son of Mayadevi and Suddhodana the Sakya king of Kapilavastu. At court, the young Siddhartha led a joyful and carefree life, married Yasodhara and had a son, Rahula. On his way out of the palace he met an old man, then a sick man and finally a dead man. Those encounters showed him that there was no escape for anyone, king or pauper, from the suffering of existence. Eventually he met a mendicant monk and decided to leave the palace, abandoning everything he owned to find a spiritual path that would lead to liberation from suffering. For six years he devoted himself to extreme asceticism on the banks of the river Nairanjara; finally, not having obtained the hoped-for fruits, he renounced those practices and sat under the bodhi tree in Bodhgaya, determined not to leave it until enlightenment. Mara, the lord of demons, tried to tempt him with the three chief passions. To lure him into ignorance, he told him that his father was dead and that the kingdom had fallen into the hands of the evil Devadatta; to conquer him with desire, he sent his daughters to seduce him; to overwhelm him with hatred, he unleashed against him hosts of demons, monsters and spirits that were his armies, but none of this disturbed his contemplation. Siddhartha then touched the earth to witness his victory. Then, cleansed of all darkness, he attained awakening, the knowledge of the true condition of all phenomena and became Buddha. The Buddha then went to the deer park of Sarnath, near Benares, where he expounded the first teaching for the benefit of human beings. In order to show them the impermanence of all phenomena, after becoming seriously ill, the Buddha stretched out on his right side and in the posture of a lion displayed Parinirvana.
This statue is ideal for creating history in the home.
Height: 18 cm (7.08 in.)
Width: 12 cm (4.72 in.)
Depth: 8 cm (3.14 in.)
The statue is in good and original vintage condition, slight scratches and light wear consistent with its time and use.
Being a VINTAGE item it is possible that it will bear some scratches or defects.