This is a beautiful, unusual, vintage, shist stone ( or stone composite-please see 'Condition Report' below) of a 'Fasting Siddhatha Buddha.' This image as such is rare in Buddhism as its very stark and dramatic. Version's are hard to find.
Its in the Gandaharan Style, of the 4th century, although most likely from the 20th.
Strictly speaking, the statue should be called the “Fasting Bodhisattva” or the “Fasting Siddhartha,” since it portrays an event that took place before the Buddha’s enlightenment.
Before reaching enlightenment at Bodhgaya, where he meditated and fasted for forty-nine days, he lived the life of extreme renunciation, before a milk maid, called Sujata, found him on a state of collapse, and is said to have fed Gautama Buddha a bowl of kheer, a milk-rice pudding. Thus ended his six years of extreme asceticism and starvation ( its says he ate a grain of ricea day). He had an epiphany, and saw the error of his extreme practices, understood and declared a new method the 'Middle Way' between exceess and lack.
Other characteristics that relate to his eventual enlightenment on the statue, include the kusha grass on which he sits, and the scene on the base, which either shows the Buddha's first sermon, at Sarnath, or the receiving of the meal of kneer.
This iconic statue shows him with tied up hair, beard, hands together in meditation, ascetic/monk robes, posture, and a gruesomr stark and emaciated state. All these sacred attributes are representative of a classic Fasting Siddhartha.
Overall the statue is in good condition with wear, chipping, cracks, and slight loss to some surface details. There are old repairs ( see photos and condition report )
An unusual Collectors piece, perfect Buddhist Altar statue, gift, or powerful interior design statement.
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CONDITION REPORT: Good. In the style of 4th century Kushan, Gandaharan Style. This is most likely however from the mid to late 20th century, and a museum copy or similar, probably from India.
With wear, patina, dust, blemishes, small scratches, small loss of details ( tip of nose, chin, areas of hair for instance), small faults. Excesses, and irregularities, consistent with type and age of manufacture. It appears hand carved in Shist Stone, although it could be made in a stone composite ( however the chipping on the left flank roves beneath the left arm, shows grey stone shist colour, and does appear to be stone, althoughi can't guarantee this). Therefore all together I can't Guarantee its hand carved.
There is an old dark glue professional repair, to the mid section, including the arms. ( the type of glue and darkening used ages it to mid to late 20th century I believe ) Obviously the whole piece was broken in two at some point.
It stands on its own, if on a flat surface.
AGE: Mid to Late 20th century.
ORIGIN: India. English Collection. Part of my private collection im selling due to Covid conditions.
Width:150mm / 6inch approximately
Height:270mm / 10.5 inch approximately
Depth: 95mm / 3.5 inch approximately
Weight: 3g approximately
Carefully packaged and shipped tracked and signed insured. Extra packaging required due to weight and protection.
- Steingut, Steinverbund?
- Ende des 20. Jahrhunderts
- Herkunftsregion/ Herkunftsland
- Motiv/ Darstellung
- Titel des Kunstwerks
- Fasting Siddhartha
- Guter Zustand, siehe Beschreibung
- 210×270×95 mm