Global Art & Artifacts


Antique Tibetan Shakyamuni Buddha. Bronze.  Patina.   Bhumisparsa. Himalayan Foothills. Nepal

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    Although there are various Buddhas with many names, forms and who play multiple roles . . . . it is the Buddha Shakyamuni that we refer to when we say “the Buddha.”   Historically, Shakyamuni Buddha was a spiritual master who lived and taught in modern day India… Continue reading

Old Hand Carved Shakyamuni Buddha Head.  Statue.  China.

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    Shakyamuni aka Gautama Buddha was the founder of Buddhism.  Shakya was the tribe/clan to which his family belonged.  . He was the son of Shuddhodana, the king of the Shākyas, a small tribe whose kingdom was located in the foothills of the Himalayas, south of… Continue reading

Cambodian Khmer Art Sandstone Sculpture.  17/18th Century.  Gautama Buddha.  Naga. Macalinda. Enlightenment.  Cambodia

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  In the Angkorian style, this excellent sculpture depicts a naga (serpent) as the protector of Buddha.  The Buddha, seated in the Virasana pose, is meditating on three graduated coils of the serpent king, Mucalinda.  This ancient Virasana pose should not be confused with the Hero pose currently… Continue reading

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