Lord Buddha is seated in the earth touching gesture also known as bhumisparsa mudra.
During meditation, Siddartha was subjected to many temptations but none as terrible as those posed by the evil Mara, who bombarded him with demon armies, monsters, beasts, violent storms and his three lascivious daughters. The Buddha remained steadfast. Then to testify to Mara of his meritorious past, he points to the earth with his hand and calls forth Thorani, the beautiful earth goddess. She rises from the ground and wrings the water from her long, black hair, which raises a torrential flood that drowns Mara and his army of demons.
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 artists of Cambodia.