Our Shakyamuni Buddha statue is sculpted with an eloquent style. This is because the statue is gold gilded yet it gets straight to the point of the matter. As a result, the sculptor seated Shakyamuni in full lotus pose on a single lotus pedestal. Additionally, he is depicting the Bhumisparsha mudra and holds the quintessential alms bowl in the palm of his left hand. Also, the statue is portrayed with other traditional features such as the Ushnisha topknot, elongated ears, the 3 neck lines, 3rd eye of wisdom and the right turning hair coils.
Shakyamuni Buddha Statue Features
The full lotus pose is a sign of supreme virtue. This is because the full lotus pose is also known as the vajra pose. Vajra is a Sanskrit word that translates as “diamond or thunderbolt”. Therefore, we can believe that this sitting posture is a sign of unshakable moral virtue. Additionally, he sits on a single lotus pedestal with the vajra symbol engraved into the back of the pedestal.
The 3rd eye of wisdom is depicted between the brows on our Shakyamuni Buddha statue. A statue depicted with a 3rd eye signifies that it is an enlightened Buddha or Bodhisattva. There are many Buddhas and also Bodhisattvas and this is a distinguishing characteristic that separates them from unenlightened beings.
Additionally, the Ushnisha topknot and the 3 neck lines are symbols that were typically worn by royalty and those of high social status in ancient India. Indeed, Shakyamuni Buddha was born a prince into the Shakya Kingdom in the 6th century BCE. As a result, it would be typical for him to be portrayed this way. However, these two symbols have also become common features on both Buddha and Bodhisattva statues. Although they are only signs of veneration and they do not portray superiority to Shakyamuni.