Ascetic Shakyamuni Emaciated Buddha Vintage Chinese Carved Boxwood Statue 釋迦牟尼佛
Vintage Chinese Boxwood Carving
Origin: China, Circa: 1950s’
H 6 in. (15cm), W 2.5 in. (6.3cm), D 2.5 in. (6.3cm)
An emaciated Prince Siddhartha at the time when he was practicing asceticism in the land of Magadha, where he was vigorously engaged in meditation without food, consumed only a few seeds and water from the nearby banks of the Nairanjana River. After six years, Siddhartha remained unable to attain his goal. Then one day, he went bathing in the river and accepted a rice ball from the hand of Sujata, a maiden who belonged to the untouchable caste, and came to the realization that severe asceticism can only wear out the body, thus depriving the strength he needed to attain the path to enlightenment. Such is the profound story told elegantly by a master carver. This skin and bone figure of the emaciated Shakyamuni is finely realized in a stylized realism unique in the Chinese style. The image of Shakyamuni is in exhaustion, yet his facial expression reveals a joyous and spirited realization, which is likely portrayed through an inspired Buddhist carver, whose technical mastery can be observed in the intricately carved through figure from a single piece of quality Huang-yang wood. The statue is highly polished to an even shine with a gorgeous burgundy red hue. It has a small age crack on the straw mat base, overall it is in mint condition. *Authenticity Guaranteed BuddhaMuseum.Com is specializing in temple and family worshipped Buddhist arts. We guarantee all artifacts to be genuine as described. It is our policy never to deliberately list fakes as genuine. All contemporary Buddhist art listed will be stated as such. *Unconditional Money-back Guaranteed Certificate of Authenticity upon request. Items that are significantly deviating from the information provided by us regarding culture and dating, may be returned for a prompt refund. Refund of the net sale price, excluding freight and insurance. Buyer to pay the return shipping cost.