Lord Buddha hailed from a royal family, of the Shakya clan, hailing from the modern Indo-Nepal border. As a young man he renounced his aristocratic heritage and embraced the life of an ascetic beggar. Buddha understood the fallacies of materialistic attachments.
He taught to his followers that this attachment was the root of all suffering. It's notable however that Buddha never advocated complete renunciation to his disciples, not to all in any case, instead highlighting the importance of an honest, virtuous and simple living, while still suggesting them to keep performing their normal worldly duties.
This exquisite brass statue depicts Buddha in all his meditative simplicity. His elegant but simple robes are a representation of a traditional attire known as the triple robe, the tricivara, usually consisting of a waistcloth (antaravasaka), an upper robe (uttarasanga) and an outer robe (sanghati). The Buddha's robes are shown decorated with lotus flower patterns symbolizing purity of spirit and faith. The lotus depicted on the robes are fully bloomed, symbolizing the fully enlightened nature of this Buddha representation.
This skillfully crafted rendition shows a glowing majestic Buddha meditating in the dhyana mudra, the gesture of meditation. The dhyana mudra here also represents concentration, dhamma, and the sangha, completing the holy Buddhist triumvirate. His two hands are placed on his lap, right on top of left, holding a begging bowl that symbolizes his lack of possessions. His thumbs stretch slightly upwards, his hands and fingers creating the triangle that represents the spiritual fire of the three jewels.
How to keep a Brass statue well-maintained?
Brass statues are known and appreciated for their exquisite beauty and luster. The brilliant bright gold appearance of Brass makes it appropriate for casting aesthetic statues and sculptures. Brass is a metal alloy composed mainly of copper and zinc. This chemical composition makes brass a highly durable and corrosion-resistant material. Due to these properties, Brass statues and sculptures can be kept both indoors as well as outdoors. They also last for many decades without losing all their natural shine.
Brass statues can withstand even harsh weather conditions very well due to their corrosion-resistance properties. However, maintaining the luster and natural beauty of brass statues is essential if you want to prolong their life and appearance.
In case you have a colored brass statue, you may apply mustard oil using a soft brush or clean cloth on the brass portion while for the colored portion of the statue, you may use coconut oil with a cotton cloth.
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