In honor of his achievements this masterpiece Shakyamuni sculpture is depicted in the Bhumisparsha mudra. This is because it celebrates overcoming immense pressure from earthly temptation. As a result of the attacks of the demon Mara, Shakyamuni called on the earth goddess as a witness.
In response to his beckoning she indeed came to witness the ineffectiveness of Mara’s futile efforts. Therefore, she washed away the demon and Shakyamuni became the first enlightened being of our time. However, Shakyamuni did not leave his followers behind. Instead, he stayed with them to help others follow the path to enlightenment.
The Buddha instructs us to use meditation to gain mental and spiritual strength. Only after gaining the necessary temperament and strength can we face down our inner demons. Therefore, his left hand is depicting the Dhyana or meditation mudra. The back of the hand lies gently in his lap with the alms bowl resting in the flat of the palm. The Buddha’s alms bowl carries deep symbolic meaning in Buddhism as it holds the three nectars to eliminate the three poisons of ignorance, greed and hatred.
Lotus Pedestal & Alms Bowl Symbolism
This 42cm gold gilded Shakyamuni sculpture sits in full lotus pose on a single lotus pedestal. The blue lotus flower is a symbol of Shakyamuni Buddha because the Buddha rose above the vicissitudes of samsara to obtain enlightenment. Metaphorically speaking, the lotus grows from the bottom of a pond to rise out of the muddy water and blossom in the clean air and sunshine.
Our Beautiful masterpiece Shakyamuni sculpture features embedded turquoise and red coral stones. Turquoise is a combination of blue and green with blue symbolizing the purity of the Buddhas and green symbolizing their readiness to act. Additionally, red represents the poison of attachment. Through meditation on the color red, Tibetan Buddhists believe that the poison of attachment can be transmuted into the sublime wisdom of discernment.
Craftsmanship of Masterpiece Shakyamuni Sculpture
Nepali Buddha sculptures are created with intricate precision using the lost wax casting method. As a result, each sculpture is one of a kind and can never be recreated. Indeed, it is of the highest quality and is finished with precision and intricate details. Observe the robe and pedestal are adorned with turquoise and coral stones and the engravings throughout the robe are completed with flawless precision.
The statue is fire gilded using the traditional method and features a pure 24K gold finish. Our Masterpiece Shakyamuni sculpture will inspire devotees to remain dedicated and strive towards the ultimate goal. Additionally, precious sculptures help generate good karma for their owner.