If you ever have visited a temple (or “Wat”) in Thailand, you may have noticed that the Buddha is depicted in a standing, seated or lying position.
In some temples you can even observe seven (sometimes even eight) statues of Buddha, lined up next to each other, often with an offerings’ bowl placed in front of each statue.
What is the meaning of these postures of Buddha? May people see those, without knowing what is the meaning of these statues.
Each statue represents a day of the week, and one must pay tribute to the statue representing the day of his/her birth. There are of course more than seven postures of Buddha.
The Wednesday Buddha Statue (Phra Oom Baht) is in a standing position, holding an alms bowl in both hands.
It represents the period when Buddha returned to visit his father, after having passed four years in the ministry.
In the early morning, monks carried out their round of alms, collecting food, and Buddha started doing the same.
Buddha’s father was appalled to see him lowering himself to mendicity for food.
Buddha calmed down his father, explaining to him that the lineage of Buddhas consisted in realising the “Pindabat”, being at the disposal of their disciples, who bring food and devotion to them.
Middle of the 19th century, around 1850.
German collection, acquired between 1950 and 1995.
- Region/ Ursprungsland
- Konstverkets titel
- Bouddha en bronze dit du mercredi
- Bra skick, se beskrivning
- 11.4×2.8×2.6 cm