Statues of Lord Buddha often adorn the homes and gardens of Bali and other asian countries. Decorate your living space with a statue of Buddha the enlightened one, and add a bit of Feng Shui to your home.
Buddha statues are placed in homes for protection and peace. This depicts the total disconnection of Buddha with earthly matters. In these sculptures, the enlightened one has his hands on the lap in the gesture of repose.
Buddha Statue Materials
Buddha statue are carved out of several materials such as ceramic, stone and porcelain which is commonly used in making chinese buddhist statues. Some other common materials used to make statue include metal. There are plenty of statue that are made of brass that resembles a shiny gold and copper colour. Bronze, gold plated and coated cast iron are some other popular metals.
Indoor sculpture are often made from wood such as rosewood and mango wood and resin which is painted in dark colours and a lot like our Bamboo fence. In japanese style the common materials statues are made from are those of sand stone, black sandstone and white polystone. Each of them has a special look and appearance in different shades.
It is often said that buddhists worship sculptures, in the sense that they believe that a Buddha sculpture actually is the Buddha or that they have some inherent power. But such ideas are quite incorrect. Buddhists do not ‘worship’ sculptures any more than christians worship the cross or muslims the kabba. The Buddha sculpture is a symbol that can be seen as helpful in creating devotion, uplifting the mind and focusing attention.
The sculpture can be categorised into several types, namely the figurines worshipped by the buddhist sect and the laughing Buddha sculpture. The laughing sculptures are the most popular, and is actually a chinese monk ho tai who is believed universally to be the re-incarnation of lord Buddha. A sculpture can compliment a water feature well in a Bali hut.
Positions and Gestures
The hands nestled in the lap suggest meditation, held in front of the chest suggest teaching the dhamma, one hand held up with the palm facing outwards suggests the giving of confidence or fearlessness.
The gesture of teaching or dhammacakra mudra has it special significance in the history of the art. The lotus positioned statue symbolises complete balance of mind and body while the abhayamudra statues epitomises the ejecting of fear.
The medicine Buddha is a significant part of buddhist sculptures that depicts a myrobalan plant in his left hand that helps in healing physical and mental diseases while in his right hand is in a mudra of giving. The laughing Buddha apart from the other buddhist statues is believed to be a lucky sculpture and a source of inner happiness.
The Buddha statues is shown in different positions and hand gestures or Mudra, each indicative of important things the Buddha did throughout his life.
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