With the attractive combination of the
bright golden robe on the mossy green body of Lord Buddha, the sculptor intends to
shift the viewer’s attention from the basic iconography of Buddha towards the
glossy and unique colours used to highlight the Lord’s features and
personality. Seated on a flat pedestal that almost touches the ground, Lord
Buddha with the graceful vitarka gesture of his hand symbolizes the
transmission of teachings of dharma. Tibetans regard vitarka mudra as ‘vyakhyana
mudra’, representing the mudra of explanation, in which Lord Buddha teaches his
disciples of the various truth reasoning and discussions, wishing to impart
knowledge of the path to enlightenment.
The robe that Buddha wears is carved in a
very simple and sober style with just a sleek border chiselled along the edges,
but still forms to be the most enticing feature of this brass Buddha sculpture.
The shiny golden colour is a resemblance to the morning sun rays, symbolic of
the arrival of a fresh and peaceful start, leaving behind the previous desires.
The extensive coils of his hairs represent Lord Buddha’s deep meditation
overcoming all climatic conditions.
The sculptor has paid keen attention to
the carvings of his facial features, having a sharply pointed nose, half-open eyes
framed with a gentle arch of thin eyebrows and the long earlobes symbolic of
his princely birth in the Shakya clan. The sculptor has maintained a beautiful
balance of colours by depicting the lotus earrings, ushnisha and the alms bowl
in golden, in accordance with the robe. This Buddha statue wherever placed will
be a dazzling beauty to look at.
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