Gold Gilded Shakyamuni Buddha Teaching Charity Antique Chinese Small Bronze Statue 遼青銅鎏金釋迦牟尼佛
Antique Chinese Gilt Bronze Buddha
Teaching Charity, Vitarka and Varada Mudra
Circa: early 19th Century
H 4.5 in. (11.5 cm), W 3 in. (7.5 cm), D 2.5 in. (6.5 cm)
Very good condition.
Shakyamuni (sage of the shakyas) is the name of the historic Buddha, a prince named Siddhartha Gautama who in the 6th century 563 B.C. became the Buddha, one who has achieved a state of perfected spiritual enlightenment. Cast in solid bronze, this illuminating gold-gilded Buddha is dressed in symmetric Chinese style monk robe, seated in Padmasana lotus posture, his right hand raised in teaching mudra, and left hand rested on his knee in charity mudra, his face with benevolent expression, delicately arched eyebrows, pearl-shaped circular urna, almond-shaped eyes slightly downcast, a smiling bow-shaped mouth, and a seal of the Buddha’s Heart 佛心印 in the form of a left-turning swastika (svastika) on his chest. The absence of ornaments and incised patterns on the Buddha's robe are stylistically in the Ming tradition, which clearly indicates his distinctive Chinese origin; conservatively dated to Qing for its superb condition. A rare gem for the discerning collector.