Shakyamuni, the Historical Buddha, 12th Century, Nepal

John Spies

Mae Hong Son, Thailand

Artist's Description

This copper alloy and gilt image is displayed in Patan Museum. The following description is by Mary Slusser and appears on the Patan Museum website under Collection Highlights.
‘This superb example of Nepalese metalcraft depicts the historical Buddha in his most typical pose, seated in meditation, one hand in his lap, the other pendant in the earth-witness gesture. In keeping with traditional representations, this Buddha has a cranial protuberance (ushnisha) signifying supernatural wisdom and a mark between the eyes (urna), signifying spiritual illumination. His distinctive coiffure represents the curls which grew back after he cut off his long, princely locks with his sword. The curl-covered ushnisha is also surmounted by a knob representing a symbolic jewel (cudamani). As an unusual feature, the sumptuous earrings the Buddha wore as the prince Siddhartha Gautama have been restored to him here, and although he wears a monk’s robe its decorative borders are more in keeping with princely raiment.’
Canon 5D MKll
Canon 24-105 L lens @32mm
ISO 1600
f/9
1/30 sec

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