Kalong Buddha Thailand

Kalong Buddha Thailand




Green glazed ceramic Buddha, seated in the lotus position on lotus throne in "Earth Touching" or Bhumisparsha" mudra.  This 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.  The right hand, placed upon the right knee in "earth-pressing" mudra, and complemented by the left hand-which is held flat in the lap in the "dhyana" mudra of meditation, symbolized the union of method and wisdom, samasara and nirvana, and also the realizations of the conventional and ultimate truths.

Kalong province, northern Thailand, 16th century, 25" tall x 17" wide x 10" deep

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