Rare 19th C. Rattanakosin Gilt Bronze Buddha Altar Display Thailand Dhyani Mudra
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Rare 19th C. Rattanakosin Gilt Bronze Buddha Altar Display Thailand Dhyani Mudra:
19th Century Rattanakosin Buddha
This is an elaborate Rattanakosin style seated buddha in the dhyani mudra position on a tiered throne.
In this mudra, the back of the right hand rests on the palm of the other in such a way that the tips of the thumbs lightly touch one another. The hands rest in the lap. The right hand, resting on top, symbolizes the state of enlightenment; the other hand, resting below, the world of appearance. This gesture expresses overcoming the world of appearance through enlightenment, as well as the enlightened state of mind for which samsara and nirvana are one. In a special form of this mudra, the middle, ring, and little fingers of both hands lie on top one another and the thumbs and index finger of each hand, touching each other, form a circle, which here also symbolizes the world of appearance and the true nature of reality.
When the capital of Thailand moved to Bankok in 1782 this highly detailed style became predominant.This statue features very fine gilded detail and red lacquer.
Condition:The unisa above the head is slightly bent. Age consistent wear to lacquer and gilt
Measures:11 1/2" x 7 1/8" x 4 3/4"
Weight:5 pounds 9 ounces
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