The erstwhile Shakyamuni is steeped in contemplation (samadhi). The stable state of padmasana, the bhoomisparsha mudra of the right hand. The compact almsbowl, from which flowers a three-leaf plant symbolic of the three basic constituent elements (sattva, rajas, va tamas). The sprig of myrobalan, emphasising the all-healing aspect of the Buddha.
The seated, shut-eyed monk that you see on this page is replete with every detail of the traditional Buddha iconography. However, the superb workmanship sets it apart from your run-of-the-mill Buddha. The body is draped in a robe of luxuriant lengths, the hems of which spread about beneath Him. It is made up of extended inlay-work in shades of turquoise and crimson, both of which contrast sharply with the complexion of His body. Sumptuous filigree in copper occupies almost the total of the surface area of the Buddha’s robe.
Note the lengthened earlobes that touch and curve at the clavicles, pierced with inlaid kundalas. A fine example of Nepalese aesthetics-inspired craftsmanship, a murti such as this one is fit to grace the home of the truly devoted.
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