The figure is remarkable for its realistic yet delicate delineation of the limbs and the robe which seems to cling to the body. The garment (sanghati) covers both shoulders. The end of the garment flows over the left shoulder, and falls in graceful folds at the back. The Buddha holds a separate portion in front that is gathered in crisp pleats in his left palm. As the right hand is held out in the Abhaya-mudra, the hem of the garment falls on either side reaching slightly below the knee. A very naturalistic succession of wavy folds appear on the surface of the garment revealing the soft contours of the body underneath. The treatment of the folds of the garment is slightly asymmetrical and thus more akin to the Gandhara school. The boarder of the garment is the only portion visible of it, and is seen by the side of the legs and in between them. The treatment of the face with its straight nose, lovely lips, urna (tuft of hair between the eyebrow) and the magnificient rayed halo with a flourish has an affinity with the Gandhara school.
One interesting note about this sculpture is the presence of earrings on the Buddha. After Siddartha joined the samanas on his path to Buddha hood he renounced all of his possessions. Thus leaving behind the heavy earrings of his former life as prince. The Buddha is always depicted with long hanging earlobes with no earrings in them. The stretched earlobes serve as a reminder of the days when the Siddartha was a prince and donned heavy gold earrings. The presence of earrings on the enlightened Buddha is a beautiful yet obvious mistake by the sculptor.
Bangladeshi Bronze is an extremely durable metal made from a combination of 5 metals; copper, iron, tin, with minute additions of silver and gold. This combination is called Panchaloha bronze and is the basis for making the sacred Hindu temple statues around the world. Copper is the most prevalent metal in the alloy. Copper also gives the metal a softer composition that allows the bronze artisans to carve the details that are prevalent in each piece. All the Bangleshi bronze sculpture Lotus Sculpture carries are Panchaloham and thus suited for any home altar or community temple.
"If you would like the piece to shine use a cotton cloth with some coconut oil or other natural oil to wipe down the bronze statue."
Because of the durability of the metal not much is needed to maintain a bronze sculpture. Many of our customers purchase a bronze statue and perform daily puja
consisting of bathing the Hindu deity in ghee, milk, coconut milk or other liquids. In this case nothing is needed to keep the statue clean as it will be bathed daily. If the sculpture is used for "darshan
" or simply viewing the sculpture it is best to dust the statue as needed so no dirt collects in the details of the sculpture. For Bangladeshi bronze statues if you would like the sculpture to shine, use a cotton cloth with some coconut oil or other natural oil to wipe down the piece as needed.
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This sculpture is in our Oceanside, California store and ready for immediate shipping to anywhere in the world. If you are in Canada please select "UPS Standard to Canada" for the shipping option. If you are an international customer please select "International Shipping" during checkout. The shipping charge will be calculated as $0. Lotus Sculpture will email you the correct shipping cost subject to your approval or you may call us at 760-994-4455 or email us at email@example.com for a shipping quote. Lotus Sculpture uses Instapak foam injection packing system or bubble wrap and recycled peanuts to ensure that all our pieces arrive undamaged. Click here to learn more about Lotus Sculptures packing.