Gautama Buddha was born a prince of the powerful Sakya clan in northern India in 543 B.C. Cocooned in luxury during his youth, the “Three Great Sights” – the sight of a destitute man, a dead body, and an ascetic – shocked him into reflecting on man’s condition in the world. He renounced his wealth and family and became a seeker of the truth. After years of penance and meditation, he gained enlightenment and came to be known as the Buddha or “The Enlightened One.” This Deity is a provider of courage, hope, power, Knowledge, Intellect, and devotion. In this statue, Buddha raises his right hand in the mudra or gesture of blessing, while his left hand is placed on his lap with the palm upwards in the mudra of bestowing a gift, symbolized by the vessel in his hand.
The robes of the Buddha feature details of his life on his path to becoming the Enlightened One. Representations of the “Three Great Sights”, episodes from the Jataka Tales, in which incarnations of the Buddha appear in animal form, and characters from Buddhist iconography, including demons and angels on clouds are seen. Crucial scenes from Buddha’s life such as his first sermon at Sarnath, where he shared his philosophy of the Eight Fold Path to salvation, are shown on the robes of the Blessing Buddha.
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||2.87 x 4.88 x 6.89 inches|
|Item Weight||0.8 Kilograms|