The unique features of this original Shakyamuni Buddha statue include silver plating and antiquated finish. Additionally, the artisan situated the Buddha on a double lotus pedestal in full lotus pose. Customary characteristics of the Shakyamuni Buddha statue include the elongated ears, ushnisha topknot, third eye of wisdom, neck lines and right turning hair coils. Each symbol is a mark of high social class in ancient India. Indeed, the Buddha was reborn into a royal caste in the 6th century BCE. As a result, he would have been commonly seen with large adornments on his ears. However, after renunciation he would have removed them and been left with elongated ears.
Mudras of Shakyamuni Buddha
After his renunciation Prince Siddhartha lived in the forest as a renunciant. In the beginning, he sought assistance from two meditation masters. However, he realized their methods were not a means to an end. He continued on his own and became the first enlightened being of our time. It took six years for him to find the vipassana path to enlightenment. As a result, his depiction of the Bhumisparsha mudra commemorates the moment he became a self arisen Buddha. Furthermore, he is depicting the Dhyana ” meditation” mudra with the left hand. The alms bowl of a monk sits in the palm if the left hand. An alms bowl is a very significant symbol in Buddhist beliefs. It is believed that it holds the three nectars to eliminate the three poisons of ignorance, greed and hatred. Click here to learn more about the life of the historical Buddha.