This three piece set of Masterpiece Buddha statues includes a Shakyamuni Buddha, Amitabha Buddha and Medicine Buddha.
The Buddha Shakyamuni, at the moment of enlightenment, invoked the earth as witness. This is indicated by the fingers of his right hand which spread downward in bhumisparsha mudra, "the earth touching gesture". As the Buddhist sutras narrate, the sun and moon stood still, and all the creatures of the world came to offer respect to the Supreme One who had broken through the boundaries of egocentric existence. All Buddhist art celebrates this moment and leads the viewer toward the Buddha's experience of selfless and unsurpassed enlightenment.
Amitabha is the most ancient Buddha among the Dhyani Buddhas. His face conveys a gentle inward expression. 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.The whole of the right hand is cradled by the left with an alms bowl resting in his palms. Here the hand gesture, representing meditative equipoise, represents the unity of wisdom and compassion. He is holding his identifying attribute, the vase of elixir (kalasha). Amitabha is the head of the Padma, or Lotus family.
The Medicine Buddha, also known as Bhaisajya Guru Tathagata or the Master of Remedies is seated in dhyana asana or meditative pose. In his right hand he holds a sprig of chebulic myrolaban, whose fruits are considered a panacea in both Ayurvedic and Tibetan medicine. His bowl contains three forms of healing ambrosia to cure disease, prolong lifespan and illuminate the mind.
All of the Buddhas have the distinguishing marks that designate a Buddha's celestial status, such as the cranial bump (ushnisha) and the conspicuous mark in the middle of the forehead (urna). They wear distinctive robes elaborately decorated with elegant flowing floral motifs. They are decorated with the eight auspicious symbols: the parasol, the golden fish, the treasure vase, the lotus, the conch shell, the endless knot, the victory banner and the wheel.
There are 2 separate pieces to each statue; the Buddha and its single lotus base. These copper statues are fully gold plated with 24k gold and then hand painted.
These pieces are unquestionably contemporary masterpieces!