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A Carved Soapstone Buddha With Stupa - 20th Century

Carved Soapstone Buddha With Stupa

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Carved Soapstone Buddha With Stupa
Carved Soapstone Buddha With Stupa

Carved Soapstone Buddha With Stupa
Carved Soapstone Buddha With Stupa

Carved Soapstone Buddha With Stupa
Carved Soapstone Buddha With Stupa

Carved Soapstone Buddha With Stupa
Carved Soapstone Buddha With Stupa

Carved Soapstone Buddha With Stupa
Carved Soapstone Buddha With Stupa

Carved Soapstone Buddha With Stupa

Carved Soapstone Buddha With Stupa

Carved Soapstone Buddha With Stupa

A Carved Soapstone Buddha With Stupa - 20th Century


The figure carved standing on a double lotus base.

The Buddha wears a long flowing robe and in his left hand holds a stupa.

His hair in rows of tight whorls framing his head protuberance (ushnisha).

His shoulders supporting a flaming halo.

Well carved and heavy.


Very minor chips to extremities

9 7/8" ( 25.1 cm )



The stupa is considered one of the most important symbols in the Buddhist faith as it represents at once the Buddha's teachings and his final enlightenment.

After Shakyamuni (the Historical Buddha) died, the stupa was incorporated into Buddhism primarily as containers of the relics of the Buddha and other holy figures.

These smaller representations derive from ancient Indian burial mounds used as the burial places of royalty and persons of high ranking authority.

Vaishravana, Buddhist Guardian of the North, is also often portrayed holding a stupa in his left hand.

The lack of armour and weapons and the addition of the ushnisha define this figure as a representation of Buddha.



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