Our handmade Shakyamuni Buddha statue is sculpted with an eloquent style. The sculptor took special care to carve the intricate engravings and the statue features a gold painted face showing life like expression. Additionally, he is depicting the Bhumisparsha “earth touching” 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.
Handmade Shakyamuni Buddha Statue
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, this sitting posture is a sign of unshakable moral virtue.
The 3rd eye of wisdom is depicted between the brows on our handmade Shakyamuni Buddha statue. A statue depicted with a 3rd eye signifies that it is an enlightened Buddha or bodhisattva. The third eye represents transcendent wisdom, which is superior to mundane wisdom. It is acquired after many bodhisattva lifetimes.
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. Click here to learn more about Shakyamuni Buddha.