This hand carved Cambodian Buddha is
seated in the 'earth touching' gesture or 'earth witness' also known
as bhumisparsha mudra. This gesture is performed by extending the
right hand downwards to touch the ground with its fingertips. It
symbolizes the precise moment when the awakening Buddha, Shakyamuni,
vanquished the army of Mara beneath the bodhi tree and summoned the
goddess of the earth, Sthavara, to bear witness to his countless acts
of sacrifice. Shakyamuni Buddha is commonly represented upon his
enlightenment throne with his right hand touching the earth, and his
left hand resting upon his lap in the gesture of meditation. This
symbolizes the union of his method or skillful means in overcoming
Mara (right hand), through the perfect wisdom of his deep meditation
upon emptiness (left hand).
The art of wood sculpture goes back to the glorious epoch of the Khmer empire and the monumental constructions that gave rise to the Angkor temples. Our artisans have inherited patience and meticulousness from their ancestors in the trade. They have learned to capture the movements used in olden times and master the traditional tools in order adapt to their personal lines of work.
This wood sculpture is a one of a kind statue, hand carved by the very talented artists of the beautiful country of Cambodia.