Antique Buddha Statue, Nepal, Tibet or Himalayan, Bhumisparsha Mudra, Meditating Buddha
This is an antique Sakyamuni Buddha statue from the Himalayan region, Nepal or Tibet. The Buddha is seated in the Bhumisparsha mudra position. This Bhumisparsha mudra,
formed with all five fingers of the right hand extended to touch the ground, symbolizes the Buddha's enlightenment under the bodhi tree, when he summoned the earth goddess, Sthavara, to bear witness to his attainment of enlightenment.
Buddha is seated on two rows of lotus petals above a stepped platform supported by lions, elephants and in the center a diety most probably Mahakala who is among the Dharmapalas or “Defenders of the doctrine” and can be recognized by their wrathful representations. Mahakala tantamounts to the Hindu deity Shiva.
There is evidence that once was a flaming mandorla (halo), which is now somehow broken off and missing.
It is of a brass alloy with a copper bottom plate.
Height: 4" (10 cm)
Width: 3 1/4" (8 cm)
Weight: 13.065oz. (370 Grams)