The gentle Buddha seated on a high lotus plinth. Legs gathered in the perfect padmasana - the hips-and-knee trifecta are on a plane, the heels of the skyward-facing soles brought together directly below the navel. Upon it nestles the open palm of the left hand, while the right hand barely touches (‘sparsha’) the earth (‘bhoomi’), the bhoomisparsha mudra, calling upon Mother Bhoomi to witness His great enlightenment. The face, with its lotus-shaped mouth and the half-shut eyes, bears an expression of seedless yogic contemplation (nirbeeja samadhi). Such a composite stance is known as the maravijaya, an integral element of Thai iconography.
Note the sharp silhouette of the halo behind His head. The lengthened earlobes that frame His face. Wisdom writ large on His brow. The regal stance of those broad shoulders. All these things add to the ethereal quality of this seated Buddha sculpture.
The high-plinth, seated murti that you see on this page has been sculpted from a block of kaima wood. From the folds of the robe that is draped over a single shoulder to the delicate creases within each of the petals on the lotus, the work has been executed with remarkable precision and attention to detail. As such, this handpicked number is a fine example of a medium and a quality of handiwork that are both unique to India.
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