Our fully gilded antique Shakyamuni Buddha statue is a depiction of the original Buddha. The most prominent feature of the statue is the classic Bhumisparsha mudra. This depiction is displayed with the Buddha seated in full lotus pose and the right hand gently draped over his right knee. Additionally, the palm is flat and facing inwards and the fingers are lightly touching the ground.
The Buddha depicted this mudra because he was calling the earth goddess to witness his vanquishment of the demon Mara. As a result of overcoming the final temptations Mara presented him he was able to enter enlightenment. Additionally, he became the first enlightened being of our time and taught the Dharma to sentient beings.
In his left hand he is holding the alms bowl in the flat of his palm and simultaneously displaying the Dhyana mudra. The alms bowl is believed to hold the cure for the three poisons of desire, hatred and delusion. However, it is not a medicinal cure. Instead the only cure for the suffering that results from the poisons is insight wisdom. Insight wisdom is acquired through meditation. This is why the Dhyana mudra is also known as the meditation mudra.
Other traditional elements of this antique Shakyamuni Buddha statue include the Ushnisha topknot, the elongated ears, third eye of wisdom and right turning hair coils. The statue also features elaborate face painting and intricate carvings on his robe.
Please note that the statue is hand crafted using the lost wax sculpting method. This sculpting method has been practiced for many centuries by the artisans of Nepal. Additionally, the secrets of this ancient sculpture art have been passed down through the generations and protected by the caste.