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AN IMPORTANT GILT AND RED-LACQUERED WOOD FIGURE OF BUDDHA
CHINA, MING DYNASTY, 16TH CENTURY
Shown seated with legs in dhyanasana, with the right hand in bhumisparsamudra while the left hand rests atop the knee, wearing a loosely draped monastic robe covering his shoulders and falling in elegants folds, the face finely carved with a serene expression, full lips, aquiline nose, partially closed almond-shaped eyes and arched eyebrows, all flanked by elongated earlobes below a curled coiffure and high domed usnisha ; some age cracks
This fine representation of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni, Gautama Siddharta, embodies perfectly well the gentle and non-violent spirit of Buddhism. Most beloved amongst his followers is the presented iconography of him when his right hand rests elegantly on his knee in the so-called earth touching gesture or bhumisparshamudra. He displayed this gesture when meditating, while asking Goddess Earth as witness of his unselfish aspires for Enlightenment. Upon reaching this state he became Buddha Shakyamuni as he is more commonly known.
The presented gilt-wood figure can stylistically be placed in the Ming period and most probably in the sixteenth century. His square and slightly puffy face are still reminiscent of fifteenth century examples produced in bronze, alike the covering of his right shoulder by his monks' robe. The well-carved and natural pleats of his garment seem to confirm this presumption. Well-proportioned, this sacred wood image of the Teacher of the Buddhist Doctrine stands out in quality compared to many other examples.