Bronze Statue of Bodhisattva in Lotus Position

£ 1,950.00

A bronze figure of a bodhisattva, likely Avalokitesvara, sitting on a lotus flower dais, with a nimbus behind his head. He wears a crown, two of his four hands are in the position of Namaskara Mudra, and his feet and legs are in the Dhyanasana. His other two hands are held up at shoulder-height, with one holding a small flower, and in the other a small set of beads, twisted into a figure of eight. The bodhisattva wears a large amount of jewellery, including his crown, necklaces, bracelets, arm bands, anklets, and some very large earrings, marking him out as a bodhisattva, as Buddhas are more simply dressed in monk robes. The nimbus behind extends above the head and curls downwards, around the shoulders and ends at the figure’s hips. He sits on some fabric on the dais, which is designed as a lotus flower, the petals extending in two rows of both upwards and downwards motion.

Date: 19th century AD.
Condition: Excellent condition.


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The Dhyanasana is a meditative pose in which both legs are crossed in the lotus position, with each foot resting on the opposite leg with the sole facing upwards, and is the most common pose for Buddhist statues. It is an ancient yogic pose that symbolises the symbiosis of perfectly trained body and breath, and the ability to achieve usually painful contortions. The Namaskara Mudra is the name for the position of the hands when they are pressed together at the palms, with fingers extended upwards and thumbs touching at the tip. They are either seen held at the heart chakra, at the sternum, or the third eye chakra, at the point between the eyes. It is a gesture of greeting, prayer and adoration, and the joining of the two palms is also thought to symbolise the existence of two realms as one; Vajradhatu and Garbhadhatu, the two facets of one spiritual life.

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Weight 2500 g
Dimensions W 16 x H 27.5 cm
Chinese Ideology