Brian's Collection"Starving Buddha" Statue Antique 5

$ 1,200.00

  • Brian's Collection "Starving Buddha" Statue Antique 5
  • Origin is Laos ca.1920-40 and was collected approx. 20 years ago.
  • This hand carved figure displays classical features and form in a high art style known as "Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara) Style".
  • Material is brass/ bronze with gold leaf and lacquer still intact in places.
  • The figure shows signs of long term devotional use, care and age.
  • Approx. 8 1/2" tall x 7" wide x 4 1/2" deep
  • A very central Buddhist teaching is “The Middle Path”, meaning to not stray to any extreme direction or path.
  • It is written that in His quest for Enlightenment, Prince Sidharta (before He became Gautama Buddha) starved Himself to the point of eating just a few sesame seeds a day, and thus became so emaciated that He could touch His backbone through the belly. When He was nearing death, a young maiden named Sujata offered him a milk porridge, which He accepted. Six years of self-imposed harsh and extreme asceticism came to an end, and the Buddha declared that going to the ascetic extreme (as is the cases of many religious Gurus at the time) is not the way. From this simple act, Sujata's kindness had provided Him enough strength to cultivate the Middle Path, develop Jhana, and attain Bodhi, thereafter becoming known as The Buddha.