Temple Gallery

Established 1959

Teaching Buddha - exhibited at the Temple Gallery, specialists in Russian icons

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GG002. Teaching Buddha

Western Tibet
18th or 19th century
Copper alloy
Height: 44.5 cmClick here to convert metric size to imperial

£6,000 Click here to convert price to USD or EUR

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This finely cast elaborate bronze figure shows the Lord Buddha seated ‘European style’ on a throne backed with a flame-like mandorla recalling the Triratana form signifying the ‘Three Jewels’: the Buddha, the Dhamma and the Sangha. Other symbols displayed are lotus flowers: Padma symbolising purity; Dharmachakra, the ‘Wheel of the Law’ (near his right shoulder) whose eight spokes represent the ‘Eightfold Path’ and by his left shoulder) a stupa, symbolising the universe. He wears a monastic robe and has a Triritana Crown decorated with coloured stones on his head. The gesture (’mudra’) of the hands is that of Dharmachakra meaning teaching, i.e. ‘Turning the Wheel of the Law’. The forefinger and thumb of both hands form circles; the right hand extends backwards to wards the body while the left inclines forward towards the world. The youthful face, with lowered eyes, beautifully expresses the composed interior focus of his attention and the manifestation of his presence.

The base is sealed and decorated with double vajra.

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