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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Standing silvered bronze of Buddha in the Anuradhapura traition (Sri Lanka) H 20 cm high, 250 grm,18th -19th century. wearing monastic robe (utterasanga)
Standing silvered bronze of Buddha in the Anuradhapura traition (Sri Lanka) H 20 cm high, 250 grm,18th -19th century. wearing monastic robe (utterasanga)
£375.00
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Buddha, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) with both hands in dhyna mudra posture, hand sculptures bronze, 9" tall, ca 19th century - 20th century
Buddha, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) with both hands in dhyna mudra posture, hand sculptures bronze, 9" tall, ca 19th century - 20th century
£380.00
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Tibetan bronze of Aydhya Buddha seated on a double lotus base, H 4.2" ca 18th century or earlier
Tibetan bronze of Aydhya Buddha seated on a double lotus base, H 4.2" ca 18th century or earlier
£380.00
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Silver hand crafted rare silvered Tibetan bronze of fiery and ferrocious two horned Mahakala ,
Silver hand crafted rare silvered Tibetan bronze of fiery and ferrocious two horned Mahakala ,
£385.00
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Buddha on his horse Kanthaka  leaving royal household, a defining moment in his life, 13" tall, 11.5" width
Buddha on his horse Kanthaka leaving royal household, a defining moment in his life, 13" tall, 11.5" width
£385.00
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Seated bronze Buddha, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), right hand in bhumispara, left in dhyna mudra, and bearing head ornament (Siripata) 19th - 20th century, 9' 1/3 inches tall. 7' inches wide, 1.1 Kg,
Seated bronze Buddha, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), right hand in bhumispara, left in dhyna mudra, and bearing head ornament (Siripata) 19th - 20th century, 9' 1/3 inches tall. 7' inches wide, 1.1 Kg,
£390.00
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Rare Ayodhya-Tantric seated Buddha in Vajrayana,  rare high quality bronze. 18th – 19th century,
Rare Ayodhya-Tantric seated Buddha in Vajrayana, rare high quality bronze. 18th – 19th century,
£390.00
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Standing Buddha, Kwan-yin, 7.3, bronze China/Japan, 17th  18th century,
Standing Buddha, Kwan-yin, 7.3, bronze China/Japan, 17th 18th century,
£390.00
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High quality bronze statue of seated Buddha in meditation from Sri Lanka, ca 19th -20th century
High quality bronze statue of seated Buddha in meditation from Sri Lanka, ca 19th -20th century
£395.00
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Tibetan Bronze image of Tara, 12" tall, 18th  - 19th century
Tibetan Bronze image of Tara, 12" tall, 18th - 19th century
£395.00
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Larger than average Tibetan bronze of Tsongkhapa (13571419) Geluk School, H 12.0"
Larger than average Tibetan bronze of Tsongkhapa (13571419) Geluk School, H 12.0"
£395.00
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A Sino-Tibetan bronze of Mahakala Dharmapala seated on a lotus base 8.2" X 5.0" 19th century
A Sino-Tibetan bronze of Mahakala Dharmapala seated on a lotus base 8.2" X 5.0" 19th century
£395.00
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19th century South East Asian gilt bronze Buddha head of fine quality, H  7.0"
19th century South East Asian gilt bronze Buddha head of fine quality, H 7.0"
£395.00
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Seated Tara,  female  Bodhisattva Nepalese  Large vey fine bronze    H 14 X W 7,  earlyto 20th century
Seated Tara, female Bodhisattva Nepalese Large vey fine bronze H 14 X W 7, earlyto 20th century
£400.00
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Khmer standing Buddha with Sun halo, Gupta influence, H 12, ca pre 1800
Khmer standing Buddha with Sun halo, Gupta influence, H 12, ca pre 1800
£435.00
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Large Thai bronze of Buddha seated on a Lotus base 10.11" W 5.9" 19th  - early century
Large Thai bronze of Buddha seated on a Lotus base 10.11" W 5.9" 19th - early century
£450.00
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A delightful bust of Ayodhiya Buddha with minimal ornaments long ears curled hair and usinisa. ca 18th century or earlier
A delightful bust of Ayodhiya Buddha with minimal ornaments long ears curled hair and usinisa. ca 18th century or earlier
£465.00
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Tibetan Buddha seated on double lotus base, H 12"  W 8" ca 19th century or earlier
Tibetan Buddha seated on double lotus base, H 12" W 8" ca 19th century or earlier
£475.00
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Rare antique Nepalese silvered bronze of Avaloketsvara Bodhisattva, Padmapani wearing a crown and long earing 18" Height, ca 19th century
Rare antique Nepalese silvered bronze of Avaloketsvara Bodhisattva, Padmapani wearing a crown and long earing 18" Height, ca 19th century
£480.00
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A fine Khmer Triad bronze, 3.95 X 2.5, 12th -14th century, Buddha flanked on either side by Vishnu and Uma.
A fine Khmer Triad bronze, 3.95 X 2.5, 12th -14th century, Buddha flanked on either side by Vishnu and Uma.
£480.00
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A finely sculptured high quality bronze of Buddha from Sri Lanka wearing folded monastic robe (uttarasanga) 19th - 20th century
A finely sculptured high quality bronze of Buddha from Sri Lanka wearing folded monastic robe (uttarasanga) 19th - 20th century
£485.00
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