Antique Buddha Statues
Although Buddha preached in the 6th century BC, Buddhism first took a firm root in India only in the 3rd BC when Mauryan king Asoka embraced Buddha's doctrine after he witnessed human misery as result of his war with Kalinga. Prior to Buddha the predominant religion in South East Asia and neighboring countries was Brahminism or Hinduism. Buddha himself was probably a reactionary to the practice of Vedas by the Brahmins who were ritualistic and sacrificial, in contrast to Buddhism which practiced compassion to man as well as other animals.Tantrism is a fusion of the Vedas, Upanishads with sexuality, art, sculpture, theology, mythology, philosophy and cosmology. Tantric Buddhism appeared in Tibet in the 6th century AD following the introduction of Vajrayana Buddhism with the appearance of female (Taras), and male (Avaloketsvara) Bodisattvas (Buddhas to be). When Buddhism arrived at Khmer state in the 13th century, the preexisting Hindu gods such as Vishnu, Linga (Shiva), Uma and Bramah fused with the worship of Buddha giving rise to another form of Buddhist Tantrism as we would observe from the bronze and sculpture from this period.
 As Buddha himself did not sanction personal worship the early images of Buddhism for veneration were confined to Buddha’s foot marks and stupas.
Gandhara in the present Pakistan is credited with the first representation of the Buddha in human form; the portrayal of Buddha in his human shape, rather than shown as a symbol. As Buddhist art developed and spread outside India, the Gandhara style spread to most eastern regions of the world. The adjacent Swat Valley, the land of romance and beauty, is celebrated as the holy land of Buddhist learning and piety. It is said that the Swat was filled with fourteen hundred imposing and beautiful stupas and monasteries, which housed as many as 6,000 gold images of the Buddhist pantheon for worship and education. There are now more than 400 Buddhist sites covering and area of 160 Km in Swat valley alone.The earliest discovered statue at Gandhara is that of the seated Buddha from 2nd or 3rd century AD. Other Buddha images from this period too are of Greco-Roman style. They seem to have flourished during the adjacent Kushan reign of Mathura (Uttar Pradesh). Gandharan’s role in the evolution of the Buddha image has been a point of considerable disagreement among scholars. It now seems clear that the schools of Gandhara and Mathura each independently evolved its own characteristic depiction of the Buddha about the 1st century CE. The Gandhara school mostly drew from the traditions of Rome and Greece and represented the Buddha with a youthful Apollo face, dressed in royal garments. The ancient Gandharan artisans in their composition of Buddha’s images and his experiences have transformed the religion into Buddhist Art.

 

ANTIQUE BUDDHA STATUES




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Guan-Yin Chinese Buddha seated in vajrasana and hands in samadhi
Guan-Yin Chinese Buddha seated in vajrasana and hands in samadhi
£135.00
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Tri Alter Buddha shrine, Chinese folk art, H 5.26" ca 19th century
Tri Alter Buddha shrine, Chinese folk art, H 5.26" ca 19th century
£136.00
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Shouxing & Ming Dynasty Xuan Buddha, H 6.3, 19th - early 20th century bronze
Shouxing & Ming Dynasty Xuan Buddha, H 6.3, 19th - early 20th century bronze
£140.00
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Tibetan bronze of Tsongkhapa (13571419), teacher of Tibetan Buddhism, seated on lotus throne, 19th century
Tibetan bronze of Tsongkhapa (13571419), teacher of Tibetan Buddhism, seated on lotus throne, 19th century
£142.00
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Hevajira, Khmer Bronze Hevajra with 8 heads and 16 arms, H 8.75 ca 19th century or earlier
Hevajira, Khmer Bronze Hevajra with 8 heads and 16 arms, H 8.75 ca 19th century or earlier
£145.00
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Bronze  seated Ayodhya Budddha in right in bhumispara and left holding a bowl, in a vajrasana posture, 19th century
Bronze seated Ayodhya Budddha in right in bhumispara and left holding a bowl, in a vajrasana posture, 19th century
£145.00
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Seated Buddha in Samadi or Dhyana Mudra (meditation), curled hair, cranial protuberance bearing Sirispata, bronze statue, Sri Lanka, 20th century
Seated Buddha in Samadi or Dhyana Mudra (meditation), curled hair, cranial protuberance bearing Sirispata, bronze statue, Sri Lanka, 20th century
£168.00
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White Tara, a form of Bodhisattva, Sino-Tibetan bronze, H 8.3", ca 19th - early 20th century,
White Tara, a form of Bodhisattva, Sino-Tibetan bronze, H 8.3", ca 19th - early 20th century,
£175.00
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Tibetan bronze of Tsongkhapa (13571419), wearing a tall hat, seated on a lotus throne h 5.5"
Tibetan bronze of Tsongkhapa (13571419), wearing a tall hat, seated on a lotus throne h 5.5"
£178.00
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Seated Nepalese Avaloketsvara on a lotus base in a Namaskara position, bronze, H 8.3 19th - early 20th century
Seated Nepalese Avaloketsvara on a lotus base in a Namaskara position, bronze, H 8.3 19th - early 20th century
£180.00
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Chinese Guanyin, bronze 12.9 ca early 19th century, probably earlier
Chinese Guanyin, bronze 12.9 ca early 19th century, probably earlier
£185.00
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Guan Yin standing Buddha, H 8.7" Chinese bronze, ca 19th century
Guan Yin standing Buddha, H 8.7" Chinese bronze, ca 19th century
£185.00
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Thai Ayodhiya seated bronze Buddha in monastic robes, H 8.75 X W 4.5, 19th century
Thai Ayodhiya seated bronze Buddha in monastic robes, H 8.75 X W 4.5, 19th century
£185.00
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Finely sculptured miniature Nepalese Buddha seated on a an oval lotus base, H 2.5 inches, ca 19th century or earlier
Finely sculptured miniature Nepalese Buddha seated on a an oval lotus base, H 2.5 inches, ca 19th century or earlier
£185.00
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Tibetan Vishnu Tantric Buddha, H 3.9" ca 18-19th century
Tibetan Vishnu Tantric Buddha, H 3.9" ca 18-19th century
£185.00
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Avalokiteshvara, male Bodhisattva in Tibetan esoteric Buddhism, H 7.5 19th century or earlier
Avalokiteshvara, male Bodhisattva in Tibetan esoteric Buddhism, H 7.5 19th century or earlier
£185.00
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Camphor Wood Hand Carved gilded and painted  MuGuiYing Chinese Statue 18th century or earlier 8" tall 4.5" width
Camphor Wood Hand Carved gilded and painted MuGuiYing Chinese Statue 18th century or earlier 8" tall 4.5" width
£190.00
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Serene Ayodhiya Buddha head with his eyes closed in meditation, high quality bronze, 8 x 12 cm, early to mid 20th century
Serene Ayodhiya Buddha head with his eyes closed in meditation, high quality bronze, 8 x 12 cm, early to mid 20th century
£190.00
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A charming miniature Srilankan Buddha in seated position and wearing his robes (utterasanga) with overlying shawl (sanghati)
A charming miniature Srilankan Buddha in seated position and wearing his robes (utterasanga) with overlying shawl (sanghati)
£195.00
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Shakyamuni Buddha with long ears, right hand in bhumisparsa, left hand dhyna and seated in vajrasana on a stented double lotus base  H 8.3"
Shakyamuni Buddha with long ears, right hand in bhumisparsa, left hand dhyna and seated in vajrasana on a stented double lotus base H 8.3"
£198.00
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Maitreya, a BodhisattvA, Sino-Tibetan bronze  H 8.3 x 6.1, mid 20th century
Maitreya, a BodhisattvA, Sino-Tibetan bronze H 8.3 x 6.1, mid 20th century
£198.00
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