“Go forth and spread the teaching that is
beautiful in the beginning, beautiful in the middle, and beautiful in the end.”
– The Buddha
of the Buddha’s Enlightened wisdom was to ensure that human life is beautiful
in all aspects. Perfected by the artist in alluring black marble, this black
marble Buddha statue brings to you the glory of the Tathagata and his greatness
in sharing prized wisdom with the world, which is revered as Buddhism, a path
that makes one’s life beautiful, in the beginning, middle and the end.
of black marble for this Buddha statue has allowed the sculptor to endow their
work with a mesmeric animation, using a fine polishing of the stone that brings
an enlivened glow to the icon. The Buddha marble statue is placed on a unique
lotus platform whose shape perfectly fits the legs of the Buddha which are
folded in Padmasana- a meditative posture. Buddha’s head is pleasingly covered
in symmetrical coils which form an elegant bump on the head, known as Ushnisha
in the Buddhist tradition, one of the Lakshana (signs) of Mahapurusha (great
men). Under his curled hair that provides a lovely outline to his wide
forehead, one can observe a tiny bulge between the Buddha’s magnificently
curving eyebrows. This is called Urna, which is a small lump of forehead hair,
another physical marker of the prominence of the Buddha. His eyes shaped like
two lotus buds are half-opened, in the manner of a meditator who is immersed in
Dhyana (contemplation). On his lips
which are carved to convey the delicateness of the ideal human form, is swept a
soft smile that marks the bliss of supreme wisdom. The elongated earlobes of
this marble Buddha statue are an aid-memoir to his days as the Shakya prince
when he used to be adorned in heavy jeweled ornaments, which has lost all value
in front of the jewel of wisdom that he has acquired.
right hand is raised and placed near his chest in the “Vitarka” mudra (gesture of
imparting knowledge) and his left hand is placed in his lap gesturing a state
of meditation. The sheen of the polished black marble can be experienced in the
glistening limbs of the Buddha, which have been sculpted keeping in mind the
beautiful symmetry of the human form. Adorning his splendid body is a
greyish-white robe whose neat folds are strikingly depicted in this marble
preaching Buddha statue realistically. The appealing contrast created by the
white tones of the robe and the mystical black color of the Buddha’s body
brings to this marble statue a simple yet rare aesthetic quality. The
coarseness of the robes and the smooth finish of the body that they wrap also
add to this artistic charm.
black is universally synonymous with doom, death, and end while white is
connected with purity and life. The marble Buddha statue, a sophisticated
amalgamation of black and white, the two extremes is the perfect artwork to
represent the beauty of the Buddha and his Madhyama Marga (middle path), which
meanders between the excesses and leads to Nirvana.
How to clean and maintain marble statues?
Marble has been a preferred material for sculptors and artists for more than a thousand years. It is a rock that undergoes metamorphism which causes recrystallization of the original carbonate mineral grains. Marble comes in various colors, designs, and dimensions. Pure white marble is the most preferred type of marble for making sculptures and statues since time immemorial. White marble is especially used for sculpting stone monumental sculptures since ancient times. The natural shine and luster of the carbonate crystals of white marble give a lavish and beautiful appearance to the statue.
Marble stone statues are highly durable and can even withstand harsh weather conditions without getting corroded, therefore, they can be kept indoors or outdoors without getting damaged or weathered. Although these statues can last for many decades, their regular care and cleaning are essential to increase their longevity and beautiful appearance.
Marble statues need periodical cleaning to maintain their flawless look. However, harsh and deep cleaning can result in making the statue look dull. If your marble statue is withering away, it is recommended to take the help of a professional cleaner. Marble is a delicate material and therefore needs proper care.
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