Bronze figure of the infant Buddha - China - 17th century (Ming period)

Bronze figure of the infant Buddha - China - 17th century (Ming period)
In very good condition

A heavy and refined bronze statue of the young prince Siddhartha, who later was to become the Gautama Buddha, a total of 18½cm tall, standing on a lotus and pointing to heaven and earth simultaneously. Ming period (1368-1644)

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.

The object is in a very good condition.

This lot will be carefully packaged and sent by registered mail.

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