Our Shakyamuni Buddha statue represents the founder of Buddhism. As a result, the owner of this statue will be paying tribute to the standards of traditional Buddhist beliefs. Shakyamuni Buddha was reincarnated as Prince Siddhartha Gautama in the 6th century BCE. After his renunciation he spent 6 years in the wilderness as an ascetic. However, his 6 years of practice resulted in him becoming the first self arisen Buddha of our time.
As such, this Shakyamuni Buddha statue depicts the Bhumisparsha “earth touching” mudra. Indeed, this statue portrays the moment that he vanquished the demon (Mara) and called the earth goddess to witness his supreme accomplishment. Additionally, the left hand of Shakyamuni Buddha is depicting Dhyana “meditation” mudra. Also, the alms bowl of a monk rests in the palm of his hand. This alms bowl is very symbolic and it is believed to hold the three nectars which will eliminate the three poisons of greed, hatred and ignorance.
Additional elements of the statue that indicate it’s high status include the right turning hair coils, elongated ear lobes, three neck lines and ushnisha top knot. All of these attributes are symbols of high social status in ancient India. As a result, they have become affiliated with Buddhas and high level Bodhisattvas.
This Shakyamuni Buddha statue was hand crafted by the artisans of Patan, Nepal. Additionally, the craftsman who created this statue is a member of the Shakya caste. For 1000 years the artisans of Patan have created sculptures using the lost wax casting method. As a result, they have been the preferred source of the Tibetan monasteries for many centuries. Therefore, when you purchase our Shakyamuni statue you can rest assured that you have procured a monastic quality traditional Tibetan statue.