Amitabha, Buddha of Boundless Light 13"
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Amitabha, Buddha of Boundless Light 13" Item #7n53

Materials: Lost Wax Method, Copper

Origin: Hand Made in Nepal

Tibetan Name: Od Dpag Med

Height: 17 inches

Width: 9 inches

Depth: 5 inches

Weight: 13 pounds

Price: $2875

Sale Price: $2587



Description

Amitabha is the most ancient Buddha among the Dhyani Buddhas. He is seated in a meditative position. Through his knowledge of discriminative wisdom, a Bodhisattva understands the empty nature of all sentient beings and develops great compassion for them. This is the dhyana or meditation of Buddha Amitabha.

Buddha Amitabha is shown seated in a meditative position in dhyana mudra. The whole of the right hand is cradled by the left with an alms bowl on his two palms. Here the hand gesture, representing meditative equipoise, represents the unity of wisdom and compassion.

Amitabha is seated against a richly decorated torana dvara or "arch gateway" decorated with the familiar figure of Kirtimukha, a mythical animal holding snakes and two makaras, along with figures of horses and elephants. Accompanying them are three Chaityas which adorn the top of the arch/gate. He is dressed in clothes of royalty. The protuberance on the top of his head denotes superb mental acuity and his long earlobes denote superb perception. In the back of the base is an engraved double vajra symbolizing the balance of the four elements and harmony of the four directions.

The statue is comprised of four separate pieces. The arch is removable from the base. Amitabha Buddha can be removed from His base and the small footrest at his feet is also detachable.

This sculpture was individually handcrafted in Patan, Nepal by master artisans of the Shakya clan who are considered among the best in the world. These craftsmen are the modern heirs to a centuries-old tradition of creating sacred art for use in temples and monasteries. The fine metalworking techniques have been passed down from generation to generation since ancient times.

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