This golden statue of Lord Buddha with its rounded face, shoulder-touching earlobes, and finial atop a broad, low ushnisha is typical of the late Ava Dynasty. The sculpture is mounted on a high-waisted double lotus throne with carved petals.
Lord Buddha's right hand is in the “earth-touching” bhumisparsa position, also known as “calling the earth to witness” which represents the moment when the Buddha, seated in meditation under the Bodhi tree on the eve of enlightenment, is challenged by Mara (the Evil One) to prove that he had given alms. At that point the Buddha touched the ground with his right hand, asking the earth to bear witness to his good deeds in previous existences. In response the earth quaked, causing Mara and his hosts to flee.
This wood sculpture is a one of a kind statue, hand carved by the very talented artists of Myanmar (Burma). Every piece is truly unique!