All the colours of the rainbow have been used to adorn our large standing Buddha.
Using a light coloured, single piece of wood, it is a glorious piece of hand carving from India. As the ‘enlightened one’ our Buddha has long ears signifying wisdom and the ability to hear the sound of the world. The hair is depicted in individual, tightly curled coils which are wonderfully bumpy as you run your hand over them.
Is it a halo around the head or is Buddha emitting rays of different coloured light? The painted robe runs down to the ankles where Buddha's feet are shoeless and stand parallel. The skilled, intricate carving creates folds and patterns.
This beautiful wooden statue is not holding out its hand to stop you entering the gallery but its gesture, the Abhaya Mudra, is a Buddhist symbol of fearlessness and protection. The right hand is upright with the palm facing outwards and all fingers pointing up towards the heavens. This is one of the earliest mudras found depicted on a number of Hindi, Buddhist, Jain and Sikh images. It was once used before the onset of Buddhism as a symbol of good intentions and friendship when approaching strangers. The left hand is in the meditation (Dhyana) mudra.
This mudra may be helpful in your home when you need to strengthen your boundaries whilst still opening your heart with confidence. Boundaries are related to the earth element and so this mudra can invite more fearlessness in how you engage with the world, especially invaluable at this moment in time.