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Buddha Statues and places to buy buddha statues

Buddha Statues and places to buy buddha statues

Buddhist art is the artistic portrayal of the symbols, concepts which are particularly influenced by Buddhism. These concepts and symbols are depicted through representations of Buddhas, bodhisattvas, and Buddhist deities, historical and later included mythical figures; narrative scenes from the Buddhist sutras; mandalas, thangkas and other graphics; physical objects associated with Buddhist practice such as vajras, bells, stupas and Buddhist temple architecture.

It is recorded that the early representations of the Buddha was depicted through narrative scenery and avoided the use of iconography of Buddha. This was because most of the Buddhist followers believed that the Buddha himself barred to use his own image. So that the people to follow the path of dharma not him. It was also seen that during the period of the Buddha, the practice of artistic representation was not highly developed and even the aniconic representations were practiced later.

Introduction and brief historical development of Buddha statues

Buddha statues are the iconic representation of Buddha. The statues portrays various styles and mudras which have hidden meaning. Actually, it is recorded that the iconic representation of Buddha was started through two different places the region of Gandhara and the region of Mathura. The Gandhara is in present day North West frontier province in Pakistan and the Mathura in central northern India.

Gandhara contributed artistic features in the Buddha statues. These artistic features are mainly wavy hair, drapery covering both shoulders, shoes, and sandals, etc. While Mathura contributed clothes covering the left shoulder of thin muslin, the wheel on the palms, the lotus seat, etc.

As the time passed by the Buddha statues were also changed as per various dynasties. The new version of Buddha statues, pink sandstone sculpture, were seen during the Gupta period. This style of statues were spread to other South Asian countries, central Asia and East Asia. Later the statues in other countries were localized according to their local art and culture.

Iconography of Buddha statues

As the statues were localized, the physical appearance of the Buddha altered according to the local art and culture but the gestures and postures are well maintained from the Buddhist scriptures. That means each and every Buddha statues erected in the world confirms the same postures. The four main postures are sitting, standing, walking, and reclining. The different hand postures used in the Buddha statues are Abhaya Mudra, Bhumisparsha Mudra, Dharmachakra Mudra, Dhyana Mudra, Varada Mudra, Vitarka Mudraand Namaskara Mudra. All these postures have deep meaning within them.

Along with these, the Buddha statues also have peculiar characteristics- small bump in the head, long earlobes. There is also different theories behind these characteristics.

The Buddha statue is portrayed by with a monastic robe. In Buddha statue, the robe is either shown in the covering mode, draped over both shoulders, or in the open mode, leaving the right shoulder and breast uncovered. The Buddha statue is often draped by real robes. The real robes are changed periodically, usually at main festivals. The Buddha statue is also depicted wearing royal attire which is usually found in Burma.

Places to buy Buddha statues

Apart from the temples, and monasteries, people also places Buddha statues in their homes. Lots of people places these statues in their prayer room while there are people who places the statues in the room other than prayer room. There are lots of reason behind people placing the statues in their home. Some of them are - people finds the statues signifying one's self-belief and inner peace. While other believes placing the statue will eliminate negative energy and fosters positive ones.

Generally, people buys the Buddha statues from the workshops, dealers, curators, etc. In earlier days people need to visit these places. But the people residing in other than Asian countries find hard to buy the statues. But with the innovation of the technology, people can now observe and buy Buddha statues through internet itself. Sometimes, buying from the internet may be challenging as the statue that was bought may be just identical to what was ordered. The statue may be badly handcrafted. So, to avoid these difficulties you need to look for different sources that confirms the true vendor. Buying from the internet comes handy because you will be notified about any Buddha statues for sale and also you can just sit in front of the computer and search the whole online Buddha statue gallery.

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Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

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Very early Jain statue with inscriptions

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Very special bronze Burmese Buddha statue

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Old wooden Burmese Mandalay Buddha

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Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

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Special antique marble Jain statue

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Special antique bronze Shan Buddha statue

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Old bronze Burmese Buddha statue

Old bronze Burmese Buddha statue

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Antique wooden Burmese Mandalay Buddha statue

Antique wooden Burmese Mandalay Buddha statue

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Old marble Burmese Buddha statue

Old marble Burmese Buddha statue

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Old Burmese Buddha statue

Old Burmese Buddha statue

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Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

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Antique bronze Thai Sukhothai Buddha statue

Antique bronze Thai Sukhothai Buddha statue

1,600 euro
Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

600 euro
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Old bronze Nepali Medicine Buddha

250 euro
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Special high quality bronze Nepali Dipankar Buddha

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Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha statue

Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha statue

600 euro
Special antique bronze Nepali Buddha statue

Special antique bronze Nepali Buddha statue

3,250 euro
Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha

Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha

650 euro
Antique Japanese Amida Buddha statue

Antique Japanese Amida Buddha statue

2,950 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Mandalay Buddha

Antique wooden Burmese Mandalay Buddha

3,500 euro
Old wooden Buddha carving with monks

Old wooden Buddha carving with monks

950 euro
Antique Buddha statue without face

Antique Buddha statue without face

150 euro
Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha

Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha

900 euro
Antique Jain statue from an Indian temple

Antique Jain statue from an Indian temple

900 euro
Antique bronze Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique bronze Burmese Shan Buddha

400 euro
Antique marble Jain statue

Antique marble Jain statue

700 euro
Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha

Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha

1,250 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

150 euro
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