This Samantabhadra statue is depicted in yab yum which means he is wrapped in eternal union with his consort Samantabhadri. She is the feminine embodiment of eternal wisdom and he is the masculine embodiment of compassion or skillful means. As a result, their eternal union is the embodiment of enlightenment according to the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. Additionally, the Nyingma school holds out Samantabhadra as being the primordial Buddha.
Our Samantabhadra statue holds his consort Samantabhadri in his lap while his hands are depicting the Dhyana (meditation) mudra. Furthermore, in Samantabhadri’s her right hand she holds the flaying knife (kartika) and in her left hand she holds the kapala skull cup. These are both tantric instruments used in Vajrayana and Tibetan Buddhist rituals. Additionally, both of her arms are wrapped around the back of his neck in passionate embrace.
Samantabhadra sits in full lotus pose on a single lotus pedestal. He wears the ushnisha topknot, elongated ears, third eye of wisdom and neck lines. These are all symbols of Hindu royalty which were commonly worn in ancient India. They are associated with the historical Buddha (Shakyamuni) because he was a born as a prince in the Shakya Kingdom in Northern India. As a result, these attributes have been included in both Buddha and Bodhisattva statues throughout antiquity.
All of our Samantabhadra statues were hand crafted in Patan, Nepal using the lost wax sculpting method. Additionally, Nepal has long been the preferred source of the Tibetan monasteries for ritual items and sculptures. As a result, when you purchase our Samantabhadra statue you can rest assured you have procured a monastic quality Tibetan sculpture.