Unique piece, gilded with fine gold representing Shakyamuni Buddha, taking the earth as witness of his Enlightenment. The face of the statue and simply mesmerizing! You will notice the accuracy of the statue as a viewing stand, fine engraving and the multitude of details taken in building the statue. It is a pure wonder issued from the highest craftsmanship!
The Shakyamuni Buddha
is here represented in a sitting position, with his right hand resting on his right leg and his fingers pointing towards the ground. It is the "Mudra Bhumisparsha" which means "touch the ground" or "take earth as witness". The left hand is resting on the knee with the palm facing upwards.
This statue represents an important event in the Buddha's life when he attains Enlightenment uder the Bodhi tree. After the Buddha had overcome the many temptations of Mara and attained Enlightenment, Mara challenged the Victory for a lack of witness. The Buddha then extended his right hand to the earth. The latter began to tremble, witnessing the Ultimate Realization of the Buddha and the demon king disappeared.
The statue bears the major marks and minor signs of a fully awake Nirmanakaya manifestation. The perfection of the Buddha's state is expressed even in the characteristics of his body, which is traditionally attributed to 32 major marks and 80 minor signs. Here are some of the marks you can find on the statue:
- very stable feet, like a turtle;
- the fingers of the feet and hands joined by a membrane;
- the body has seven powerful features: two broad heels, two broad hands, two broad shoulder blades, a wide neck;
- long fingers;
- the body of a Buddha is tall and straight;
- the ankles are not protuberant;
- hands long and beautiful;
- the skin is golden in color;
- the soft skin;
- a Udna, a curl of hair between the eyebrows;
- broad shoulders;
- an Ushnisha, a protrusion at the top of the head;
Check the quality of the work entirely handmade: a precise hammering, a sharp engraving and edges finely chiselled raise. Just by looking at details such as the eyes, the robe, the peaceful face and the beautiful lotus brings exaltation to the heart of the practitioner.
This unique piece is unfortunately only rarely found nowadays. The Shakya clan is accredited for introducing the lost-wax method in Nepal since generations to create their sculptures. The master sculptor, Mr. Siddhi Raj Shakya, enjoyed all his life an outstanding reputation for his art. He helped many disciples hone their skills to shape their own style and establish their own reputation in this elite group. Customers of Mr. Siddhi Raj Shakya were from the royal family of Bhutan to the highest Tibetan lamas. This unique statue proposed to you was carried out by one of his followers. If you want to know more about the statues, go in 'Dharmatèque'.