Buddha statue, 17. Jahrhundert

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The elegant, long-legged figure is symmetrical and highly idealised. Its simplicity is in stark contrast to the richly-decorated pedestal. The bulge in the middle of the hair is considered a sign of Buddha's enlightenment. The long ear lobes indicate noble status and the lowered eyelids suggest an introspective, meditative attitude.
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The snugly-fitting robe clings to the slender body and there is a cape hanging from the Buddha's shoulders. The graceful fingers of both hands form the abhayamudra, a gesture of fearlessness that accords divine protection, reassurance and confidence. The head is decorated with locks of hair curled in a clockwise rotation, a sign of the Buddha. The elongated earlobes indicate his royal birth. The graceful simplicity of the figure is in stark contrast to the richly decorated pedestal with its four steps, intricate carvings and tiny inlaid mirrors. The statue is a gift from Max Ferrars (1846-1933). Ferrars worked for the British colonial administration in the East Indies. He moved with his family to Freiburg in 1896 and donated about 100 art and craft objects to the Freiburg museums.

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