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Indonesian Buddha Statues

Antique Buddha Statues From Indonesia

Like the rest of Southeast Asia, Indonesia seems to have been most strongly influenced by India from the 1st century AD, which is now an Islamic country. Buddhist thought must have reached coastal Java and Sumatra by the sixth century. Journals kept by Chinese and Indian monks tell of the important scholarly center of tantric Buddhism in Srivijaya, a kingdom believed to have been in Sumatra. The list of Buddhist monks (notably Atisha, Amoghavajra, and Vajrabodhi) who made their way to this center of learning includes some of the great thinkers of the time By 800 CE, Buddhism was firmly established, as indicated by the construction of the great temple of Borobudur in central Java. The bulders of this monumental stupa and other temples in the area, such as Sewu, Mendut, and Plaosan, were certainly aware of early tantric texts such as the Mahavairocana sutra, mentioned above in connection with Japan.

Extremely rich and refined architectural remains can be found in Java and Sumatra region of the nation. The most magnificent is the temple of Borobudur (the largest Buddhist structure in the world, built around 780-850 AD). This temple is modeled after the Buddhist concept of universe, the Mandala which counts 505 seated Buddha statues and a unique bell-shaped stupa that contains the statue of Buddha.

Hence, Buddha images in Indonesia include not only representations of Shakyamuni but also the transcendental Buddhas found in the countries influenced by tantric texts:
and Vairocana.

With isolated images, it is not always possible to differentiate these figures from images of Shakyamuni, whose gestures are identical; but extant sets of bronze sculptures that formed mandalas indicate that the practitioners of the time sometimes intended tantric forms of the Buddha.

Temples such as Candi Jago, with its three-dimensional sculptural mandala, indicate that Buddhism was practiced up to the fifteenth century, the time of the maritime Majapahit dynasty. It is thought that by this time Buddhism and Hinduism had combined to form a syncretism practice that also incorporated the indigenous reverence for ancestors. Buddhist influences exist today only in Bali, where Hinduism with Buddhist elements is practiced, possibly not dissimilar to what we imagine in the fifteenth century.

With such a rich heritage and history, the Buddhist arts of Indonesia are rare and exquisite. If you are interested in getting any of the rare, authentic and antique Buddha statues from Indonesia, visit our online gallery on our online catalog.

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Buddha Statues from Indonesia

Antique wooden Indian temple

175 euro

Antique bronze Opium Weight

100 euro

Very special antique marble Mandalay Buddha statue

9,500 euro

15-16th century Burmese Arakan Buddha

Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

275 euro

Special bronze Tibetan statue of Namgyälma

Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

150 euro

Old marble Radha statue

600 euro

Old bronze Nepali Chenrezig statue

275 euro

Antique sandstone shrine from India

250 euro

14-15th century Late Pagan Buddha

8,500 euro

Special antique bronze Burmese Buddha statue

22,500 euro

Very special antique marble Mandalay Buddha statue

11,500 euro

Antique wooden Nandi Bull

200 euro

Antique bronze Opium weight

75 euro

Old bronze Nepali Medicine Buddha

275 euro

Antique bronze Nepali Bodhisattva

450 euro

Bronze Arakan Buddha

Antique marble Burmese Monk statue

350 euro

Old marble Hanuman statue

375 euro

Beautiful old marble Ganesha from India

1,750 euro

Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

1,750 euro

Old bronze Siddhartha statue with Goose

1,850 euro

Antique sandstone shrine from India

300 euro

Antique bronze Opium Weight

100 euro

High quality Nepali gold face Manjushri statue

350 euro

Antique Shan wall panel / throne backside

9,500 euro

Antique sandstone bust of Vishnu

4,750 euro

Old bronze Nepali Kuber statue

275 euro

Antique Chinese Ceramic Swatow Charger - Ming Dynasty

950 euro
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