An extremely rare silver figure of Buddha on a bronze Throne, Central Java, 9th.-10th. century AD.
A wonderful figure from the very beginning of Buddhism in South-East Asia.
The Buddha is seated on a large double-lotus pedestal on a high stepped podium in the cross-legged yogic, adamantine posture of vajraparyankasana, the right leg over the left, with the soles of both feet facing upward. His robe is draped to leave the right shoulder bare. As interesting and very rare, the Buddha figure it self in solid silver, whereas the rest of the figure; the podium, double Lotus Throne was made in alloys of cobber or bronze.
The Buddha's raised right hand makes the teaching or expository gesture (vitarkamudra) and his left rests on his right foot, in a gesture that approximates the dhyanamudra, or meditative gesture. This combination is one assigned to Vairochana, a transcendent Buddha that plays an important role in early Esoteric Buddhism, see Metropolitan Museum (Accession Number: 1987.142.23) for the identification of a similar Javanese representation of buddha.
Size: ca. 13 cm. high.
Condition: Intact, with minor losses of metal to the backplate. A very rare antiquity in a wonderful untouched, excarvated state. The bronze has encrusted on parts of the silver surface and can be removed with some patience and skill.
Ex. Old Swedish Private Collection, comes with COA.