Sri Lanka and India, Ancient and Rare Coins, Stamps, Buddhist and Hindu Sculptures and Bronzes
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 OF SRI LANKA AND ANTIQUITY

 Sri Lanka, then known as Lankadipa was one of first countries to embrace Buddhism in its original form (Theravada) from the Mahinda, the envoy of King Asoka in 3rd century BC. The earliest images of Buddha in the form of sculpture were of Greco-Buddhist origin in the regions of Taxila presently in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The earliest extant Buddhist sculptures of Buddha in Sri Lanka were in the 5th century AD. Before this time  Buddha was not represented by his image as was his wish, only through reliquary such as his feet, footwear and  dagobas. Later from 5th century onwards during the Anuradhapura period Buddha’s images were started to be produced in gold, bronze copper and other materials including ivory and stone from the 5th century AD on wards to the Kandyan and modern periods.

The early portable images of Buddha are made very scarce due to the fact that invasions mainly from South India may have interfered with the preservation of . Most of the oldest extant Buddha images across Sri Lanka are mainly of stone and are huge enough not to be transported or destroyed by usurpers, invaders or rogues.

The birth of colonial era in the 16th century saw the pilfering and destruction of many Buddhist elements and images. Today off and on we see Buddhist images of antiquity emerging from countries that once ruled Ceylon. It is not entirely unexpected to come across an old sculpture in a flea market in France, England or Germany as a colonial vestige.

Quite rightly and at last Sri Lanka has brought its laws to prevent the outflow of these valuable heritage that complements its history. However the value of this heritage is seen by the rarity of Buddha sculptures hence its extraordinary high prices in the international markets.


Bronzes, sculpture, coins, stamps, art and rare books from Sri LankaAuthentic Rare and Antique bronzes, religious figurines from Sri Lanka, India, South East Asia, and China from Anton Private Collection and presented for sale by Antiques International
 HINDU ART & SCULPTURE, COLONIAL STAMPS OF CEYLON, BUDDHA STATUES FROM ANTON SEBASTIAN PRIVATE COLLECTION FOR SALE BY ANTIQUES INTERNATIONAL, A DIVERSE WEB SITE FOR SOUTH EAST ASIAN CULTURE
 


Ancient Coins of Ceylon and India, nearly 1000 years to 2000 years
Ancient Coins of Ceylon and India, nearly 1000 years to 2000 years
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POSTAGE STAMPS OF BRITISH INDIAN EMPIRE
POSTAGE STAMPS OF BRITISH INDIAN EMPIRE
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POSTAGE STAMPS OF CEYLON, SRI LANKA
POSTAGE STAMPS OF CEYLON, SRI LANKA
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RARE AND OLD COINS OF CEYLON (SRI LANKA), MALDIVES & INDIA
RARE AND OLD COINS OF CEYLON (SRI LANKA), MALDIVES & INDIA
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Rare Books on Sri Lanka
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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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Rare recumbent Buddha bronze figure 7.5" long from Sri Lanka SOLD
Rare recumbent Buddha bronze figure 7.5" long from Sri Lanka SOLD
£175.00
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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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An unusual bronze statue of standing Buddha from Sri Lanka, early 20th century, Weighs 2' 1/2 pounds. 9' 1/2 inches tall.
An unusual bronze statue of standing Buddha from Sri Lanka, early 20th century, Weighs 2' 1/2 pounds. 9' 1/2 inches tall.
£278.00
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Buddha standing on a circular pedestal with his right hand in Abhaya Mudra (gesture of benediction), Hollow pedestal, solid cast body, weight 1 Kg, height 23 cm, ca 1900 - 1940
Buddha standing on a circular pedestal with his right hand in Abhaya Mudra (gesture of benediction), Hollow pedestal, solid cast body, weight 1 Kg, height 23 cm, ca 1900 - 1940
£288.00
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Seated Bronze statue of Buddha from Sri Lanka with his right hand in Bhumispara and left hand in dhyana while wearing monastic robes (utterasangha)
Seated Bronze statue of Buddha from Sri Lanka with his right hand in Bhumispara and left hand in dhyana while wearing monastic robes (utterasangha)
£295.00
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Standing Buddha from Sri Lanka wearing monastic robe (Utterasangha) eyes open and looking straight with hands semi stretched. ca 19th to 20th century
Standing Buddha from Sri Lanka wearing monastic robe (Utterasangha) eyes open and looking straight with hands semi stretched. ca 19th to 20th century
£320.00
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Seated Buddha in Virasana with his hands in Dhyasana and eyes closed in meditation, Characteristic of Sri Lankan tradition with usinisa bearing the flame ornament
Seated Buddha in Virasana with his hands in Dhyasana and eyes closed in meditation, Characteristic of Sri Lankan tradition with usinisa bearing the flame ornament
£320.00
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Seated Buddha in Virasana and both his hands in Dhyasana, 9' inches tall, Ca 19th - 20th century
Seated Buddha in Virasana and both his hands in Dhyasana, 9' inches tall, Ca 19th - 20th century
£325.00
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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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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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Standing Buddha statue from Sri Lanka 19th - 20th century hand carved of ivory. 19th 20th century
Standing Buddha statue from Sri Lanka 19th - 20th century hand carved of ivory. 19th 20th century
£395.00
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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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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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Ceylon (Sri Lanka), an inspiring Kandyan Buddha Statue with eyes half closed in meditative posture, A rare 19th century bronze, possibly earlier,  Weighs 3 pounds. 9' 1/2 inches tall. 7' 3/4 inches wide.
Ceylon (Sri Lanka), an inspiring Kandyan Buddha Statue with eyes half closed in meditative posture, A rare 19th century bronze, possibly earlier, Weighs 3 pounds. 9' 1/2 inches tall. 7' 3/4 inches wide.
£490.00
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Samadhi Buddha in folded monastic robes (uttarsanga) , Sri Lanka, ca 19th  - 20th century Kandyan period
Samadhi Buddha in folded monastic robes (uttarsanga) , Sri Lanka, ca 19th - 20th century Kandyan period
£495.00
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Buddha, Characteristic Image of Theravada Buddhism, Sri Lanka,Buddh with Usinisa, curled hair, long ears and wearing monastic robes, 19th century Bronze H 12"  / 31 CM SOLD
Buddha, Characteristic Image of Theravada Buddhism, Sri Lanka,Buddh with Usinisa, curled hair, long ears and wearing monastic robes, 19th century Bronze H 12" / 31 CM SOLD
£650.00
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Large 28 cm high traditional seated Buddha bronze sculpture of Sri Lanka in the 19th century of excellent quality and beauty.
Large 28 cm high traditional seated Buddha bronze sculpture of Sri Lanka in the 19th century of excellent quality and beauty.
£695.00
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Buddha, Anuradhapura (Sri Lanka) Tradition, standing in Abhaya Mudra in monastic robes, n11cm, bronze, ca 19th century or earlier, SOLD
Buddha, Anuradhapura (Sri Lanka) Tradition, standing in Abhaya Mudra in monastic robes, n11cm, bronze, ca 19th century or earlier, SOLD
£698.00
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Standing gilt (faded) bronze Buddha in Anuradhapura tradition, Sri Lanka, ca 18th century or possibly earlier,  remarkable workmanship, H 20.5 x W 5.3 cm  SOLD
Standing gilt (faded) bronze Buddha in Anuradhapura tradition, Sri Lanka, ca 18th century or possibly earlier, remarkable workmanship, H 20.5 x W 5.3 cm SOLD
£730.00
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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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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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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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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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