Vitarka mudra

Vitarka mudra 安慰印 is the hand gesture of teaching, debate or discussion used in communicating, explaining, clarifying, or arguing Buddhist law (the Dharma). After reaching enlightenment under the Bodhi tree, Shakyamuni Buddha went to the Deer Park in Sarnath where he delivered his first teaching. Vitarka is the mudra associated with this event that is a metaphor for teaching the way to enlightenment. It is performed by holding the right hand in front of the chest, palm turned outwards, joining the tips of the thumb and the index finger to form a circle while keeping the other fingers straight, while the left does the same facing inwards. Sometimes only the right hand is at the chest and the left at the lap, or the thumb may touch the other four fingers and when it is the middle finger it symbolizes great compassion. The two hands together also symbolize the continual movement of Buddhist doctrine that is constantly transmitted to all who listen. This mudra is used in images of Shakyamuni and Guanyin.

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  • Antique Large Buddha in Teaching Mudra, China (17013BREM) CALL FOR PRICE

    H: 30″  W: 18″  D: 10″ | CALL 213-568-3030 FOR SHIPPING AND PRICE INFORMATION

    This superb, colorful and rare carved Buddha is seated in vitarka-mudra, the taching hand position. His delicately carved calm face has a benevolent and compassionate expression with a slight reassuring smile. The elegant body appears to float above deeply carved swirls reminiscent of clouds. Fine facial features, the graceful body and exquisitely carved and painted drapery make this a truly impressive and striking image. Given its size and masterful carving , it should hold a place and be revered commensurate with its spirituality and artistry.

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    Antique Large Guanyin on Lotus Throne, China (16211RKE) $4400 SPECIAL PRICE

    Original price was: $4,400.00.Current price is: $3,900.00.
    H: 31.75”  W: 11.25”  D: 6.5” | FOR SHIPPING INFORMATION CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

    This extraordinary Guanyin originates from rural provincial less literate China.  Not made in a sophisticated “imperial” style, its great charm depends on straightforward forms in bright and decorative color combinations.  Her oversized crown contains a framed Amitabha Buddha. Using vibrant unusual multi-colored color combinations, an informal sitting position, simplified, almost geometric shapes for the head and facial features and bright modest robes, she  reflects a humble folk art image accessible to rural devotees. Its size indicates it was carved for a large home, clan or community temple.

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  • Antique Massive Lacquered Guanyin in Vitarka, China (5689SEME) CALL FOR PRICE

    H: 42”  W: 25”  D: 27.5” | FOR PRICE AND SHIPPING INFORMATION CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

    This powerful, exquisite and rare almost life-size Guanyin seated in teaching mudra to spread the dharma, radiates serene spiritual energy. To optimally enjoy this statue, she should be placed in an elevated position as it was modeled to be viewed from below. Magnificently carved and covered with lacquer, this statue will fill any environment with meditative tranquility.  Authentic Buddhist carved images of this size, beauty, quality, and shape are very difficult to find, especially after China’s modernization.

     

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    Rare Antique Three-Faced Tantric Bodhisattva, China (16200LBEM) $5100 SPECIAL PRICE

    Original price was: $5,100.00.Current price is: $4,240.00.
    H: 29.5″  W:14″  D: 6.5″ | FOR SHIPPING INFORMATION CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

    This rare Chinese carving is probably Chun-ti P’u-sa, a tantric female deity called the Bodhisattva of Light, worshipped by Chinese Chan (Zen) Buddhists as a merciful Bodhisattva. In tantric style she has three faces, multiple arms and six hands, and an elegant lobed crown centered by Amitabha, as does Guanyin.  This is an extremely rare and important piece and is as lovely as it is spiritual.

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  • Vintage Brass Buddha with Aureole, Nepal (30611LEM) $790

    $790.00
    H: 25.5”  W: 11”  D: 6.5” | FOR SHIPPING INFORMATION CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

    This fine vintage brass Buddha Shakyamuni sculpture reflects characteristics of unique Nepalese style. With both hands in teaching mudra, wearing in the “wet style” monks robe, he stands with similar to a contrapposto posture, weight supported on a single leg suggesting movement.  His elaborate regal pedestal has a removable aureole with  wheel of the dharma above two Buddhist protective lions. This piece is elegant in its simplicity and expresses the Buddha’s refined and restrained meditative spirituality.

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