But for the mukhamandala (facial region) and the lotus petals embossed on the throne, this seated Buddha murti would be a monotone composition. A dense black colour, glistening wherever the brass undulates to define musculature. According to the Hathapradeepika, black is the colour of sattvaguna, the attribute of steadiness and stillness embodied by the Buddha.
Hints of the dull golden colour of brass are to be found in the tiny almsbowl on the palm of one hand resting on the lap and the myrobalan sprig in the fingers of the other. Zoom in on the rest of the seated figure - where the folds of the robe are wound around the torso, the limbs are locked in the perfect padmasana - in order to appreciate the sheer detail imbued within the monotone.
Few images are as soothing to the devotee’s heart as the picture of the seated-contemplative Buddha. The selective colour palette adds to the expressiveness of such an image. Such a work would be a valuable addition to the space of the truly devoted.
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