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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Mahakala (Bodhisattva) , a rare Sino- Tibeta, bronzeH 11.6", ca 18th - 19th century or possibly earlier
Mahakala (Bodhisattva) , a rare Sino- Tibeta, bronzeH 11.6", ca 18th - 19th century or possibly earlier
£790.00
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Large rare and antique Nepalese silvered bronze of Padmapani H 24.0" ca 19th century or earlier,
Large rare and antique Nepalese silvered bronze of Padmapani H 24.0" ca 19th century or earlier,
£800.00
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A rare large bronze of seated  Buddha with his feet on a lotus base  in Abhaya Mudra postion of right hand, A Sino-Tibetan, H 12, in ca 18th --19th century
A rare large bronze of seated Buddha with his feet on a lotus base in Abhaya Mudra postion of right hand, A Sino-Tibetan, H 12, in ca 18th --19th century
£850.00
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Buddha, 18th century heavy copper-bronze, Characteristic of Theravada Buddhism in Sri Lanka, unusual statue
Buddha, 18th century heavy copper-bronze, Characteristic of Theravada Buddhism in Sri Lanka, unusual statue
£875.00
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Buddha, wearing full length monastic robes with  right hand in Abhaya mudra, Rare Buddha bronze, Sri Lanka 29 cm high 19th century or earlier, SOLD
Buddha, wearing full length monastic robes with right hand in Abhaya mudra, Rare Buddha bronze, Sri Lanka 29 cm high 19th century or earlier, SOLD
£920.00
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A  rare museum piece bronze of Khmer Triad with Buddha protected by Muchalinda,  H 12" x 7"
A rare museum piece bronze of Khmer Triad with Buddha protected by Muchalinda, H 12" x 7"
£950.00
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Head of Maitreya Bodhisattva from Gandhara  H 5.5 excluding stand, ca 300 AD, King Kanishka II period
Head of Maitreya Bodhisattva from Gandhara H 5.5 excluding stand, ca 300 AD, King Kanishka II period
£1,200.00
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Standing Kandyan Buddha carved from wood and magnificently painted on colours. The statue bears all the traditional features of Buddhist sculpture from Sri Lanka (former Ceylon). Ca 18th century
Standing Kandyan Buddha carved from wood and magnificently painted on colours. The statue bears all the traditional features of Buddhist sculpture from Sri Lanka (former Ceylon). Ca 18th century
£1,675.00
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Large bronze of Kandyan Buddha, standing in monastic robes (utterasanga) and folded shawl (Sanghata) over his left shoulder. 33 cm, 18th - 19th century
Large bronze of Kandyan Buddha, standing in monastic robes (utterasanga) and folded shawl (Sanghata) over his left shoulder. 33 cm, 18th - 19th century
£1,800.00
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Standing Buddha from Kandyan Period (18th Century) , Sri Lanka (Ceylon), bronze, 24 cm high,
Standing Buddha from Kandyan Period (18th Century) , Sri Lanka (Ceylon), bronze, 24 cm high,
£2,250.00
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Green Tara, a large rare and antique Nepalese bronze studded with semiprecious stones, 33 tall,  19th - early 20th century
Green Tara, a large rare and antique Nepalese bronze studded with semiprecious stones, 33 tall, 19th - early 20th century
£2,550.00
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Seated Buddha with his right hand in Bhumisparsa and the other hand in Dhyana mudra, a rare bronze sculpture from Sri Lanka, ca 19th century
Seated Buddha with his right hand in Bhumisparsa and the other hand in Dhyana mudra, a rare bronze sculpture from Sri Lanka, ca 19th century
£2,700.00
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A fine Buddha Schist Image from Gandhara. Taxilla, Superbly carved fragment of  torso, Ca 2nd to 3rd Century AD. H 6.5, 19th century designed teak stand,  excluding stand and W 5.3
A fine Buddha Schist Image from Gandhara. Taxilla, Superbly carved fragment of torso, Ca 2nd to 3rd Century AD. H 6.5, 19th century designed teak stand, excluding stand and W 5.3
£2,800.00
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Large Samdhi rare and antique Buddha from Sri Lanka, Kandyan period 19th Century 21"  or 54 cm tall
Large Samdhi rare and antique Buddha from Sri Lanka, Kandyan period 19th Century 21" or 54 cm tall
£7,900.00
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