Oxidized Copper 10.5″ Shakyamuni Buddha Statue
If you are looking for a world class oxidized copper Shakyamuni Buddha statue, this is one of the best. The birthplace of Shakyamuni Buddha was in Lumbini, Nepal. Shakyamuni Buddha was reincarnated as Prince Siddhartha Gautama in the 5th century B.C.E. Additionally, his father was the King of the Shakya and his name was King Suddhodana. The descendants of the Shakya still exist today. Indeed, the creator of this oxidized Shakyamuni Buddha statue is a member of the Shakya caste. Many of the present day Shakya reside in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. However, in the 5th century, southern Nepal was considered part of India.
This Shakyamuni Buddha statue displays the Bhumisparsha “earth touching” mudra. Additionally, with his right hand he holds the bowl of the mendicant monk in the palm. This is known as the Dhyana “meditation” mudra. However, the alms bowl of the monk carries great symbolic meaning. It is believed to hold the three nectars which will cure the three poisons of greed, hatred and delusion. As a result, devotees who faithfully follow the teachings of the Dharma will also be able to extinguish the defilements.
A unique attribute of the statue is that is is done in an antiquated copper finish. However, it is well highlighted in 24k gold gilding. Additionally, Shakyamuni Buddha is depicted in the crown and jewels of a Bodhisattva. For many Bodhisattva lifetimes Shakyamuni Buddha roamed through samsara as a Bodhisattva named Sumedha. His cycle of rebirth ended when he displayed the Bhumisparsha mudra under the bodhi tree at the moment of ultimate awakening. This Shakyamuni Buddha statue is dedicated to the time that Prince Siddhartha became Shakyamuni Buddha – the Buddha of our era.