Buddhas and bodhisattvas are always portrayed with large pendulous ear lobes. As enlightened beings they have large ears to hear the sounds and cries of suffering of the world, and guided by their compassion and wisdom, respond and sooth those who are suffering. Sometimes lohans, monks and sages have pendulous ears to signify their superior wisdom and intellect and enlightened state. There is also a historical interpretation of the Buddha’s large ears. Raised as a prince in Kapilvastu in Nepal), he would have followed the custom of men to display their wealth and prosperity on their ears with large and heavy ear jewelry of precious metals and stones, which would have caused stretched ears. Although Siddhartha the prince stopped wearing them when he left the palace to become an ascetic to the search for the ultimate truth his earlobes would have remained stretched throughout his life.

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  • Antique Polychrome Monk on Stand, China (16328CSE) $1350

    H: 23.25″  W: 31.75″  D: 9″ | call for shipping 323-568-3030

    This serene and meditational figure represents a Mahayana Buddhist monk on a backless chair, right leg crossed and right hand palms out in a sign of blessing.  With his gentle features – eyes half-closed looking down and his mouth set in a slight sweet smile, enlarged ear lobes of an enlightened being – and softly flowing robe he brings a peaceful and meditative spirt to any space. Made to be viewed in the round It mounted on a custom black wood stand.

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