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Cast Iron painted Buddha statue with lotus throne

Cast Iron painted Buddha statue with lotus throne

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Metalwork: Pre 1950: Item # 889556

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This meditating cast iron statue features a Buddha holding a begging bowl. This position is called Patra, when a seated figure holds a begging bowl on his lap, it means that he is the head of a monastic order. Interpretation could still vary – some say the bowl is an indication of that this Buddha is a Medicine Buddha, the most popular Buddha God in Japan. This Buddha is in the Bhumisparsa mudra, it means “touching the earth as Gautama did, to invoke the earth as a witness to the truth of his words”. Since the Medicine Buddha was thought to be the historical Buddha Gautama himself, who called himself the healer of the suffering of the world, it is likely when this statue was created, it was meant to be a portrait of the Medicine Buddha, the healing teacher. The symbol carved on the chest of the Buddha is Swastika, symbol of the law; sign of good fortune. It is one of the 65 signs of buddhahood which can be seen in Buddha’s footprint. This statue was used for indoor worshiping and was most likely repainted in the past 20+ years to preserve the statue as part of temple ritual. Size: 8” by 7” by 13”. Weight: 18 lbs.