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Ming Dynasty Bronze Figure of the Infant Buddha

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A rare and unusual Chinese Ming Dynasty bronze figure of the Buddha as an infant. The young Prince Siddhartha, who would grow up to become the Buddha, is portrayed standing, one hand pointing to the sky, the other to the ground. He is naked, save for a baby apron decorated with a lotus pattern, one of the symbols of Buddhism. In this depiction, he stands upon a rocky outcrop, a dragon rising up to shower him with water. Remnants of gilding throughout. This figure of the Buddha represents an event just after his birth in the Lumbini Grove, where he sprang from Queen Maya's side, able to talk and walk. His first action was to point one hand towards the sky, the other towards the earth, and proclaim: "As in the Heavens above, and the Earth below, I alone am the World Honored One. All that exists in the Three Worlds is suffering, but I will bring comfort." Upon this proclamation, the infant Buddha and his mother, Queen Maya, were showered with fragrant blossoms, and streams of pure water. Figures of the Infant Buddha are often venerated on the Buddha's birthday, where they are showered with purified water.

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  • Of the Period
  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    1468-1644
  • Condition Details
    In excellent condition with no losses or repairs. Wear to the gilding
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading.
  • Dimensions
    H 9.5 in. x W 6 in. x D 4 in.H 24.13 cm x W 15.24 cm x D 10.16 cm
  • Seller Location
    Austin, TX
  • Reference Number
    LU89475156073
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