Magnificent vintage sculpture in brass of The Buddha in Calling the earth posture - A Collectors item.
Gautama, the primary figure in Buddhism is recognized by Buddhists as an enlightened teacher who attained full Buddha hood, and shared his insights to help sentinent beings end rebirth and suffering.
Here Buddha is seen with his legs crossed, the left hand in the lap, and the right hand pointing to the ground with the palm facing inward toward the Buddha. This posture is known as Calling The Earth to Witness, and it is the definition of the moment of enlightenment for the Buddha.
It is the story of how the Buddha, after six years, finally was at the verge of enlightenment.
Mara, the Demon of Illusion, tried to dissuade Buddha from the final last steps. Buddha meditated all night to overcome the fears and temptations sent by Mara, and then called the Earth Goddess to witness that the Buddha achieved enlightenment in order to share with the rest of the world.
Witnessing that, the Earth Goddess wrung her hair, releasing flood waters that swept away the Demon Mara and all the temptresses he had released.
Measures: Height 23 cm x width 16 cm x Depth 9 cm
Weight: 2.15 kilograms