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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:
Akshobhya,
Amoghasiddhi,
Ratnasambhava,
Amitabha
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 Burmese temple

Antique Burmese temple

1250 euro
Old bronze Buddha statue

Old bronze Buddha statue

450 euro
Old bronze Vajrasattva statue

Old bronze Vajrasattva statue

350 euro
Special antique Burmese Buddha statue

Special antique Burmese Buddha statue

3500 euro
Bronze Nepali medicine Buddha statue

Bronze Nepali medicine Buddha statue

350 euro
Pair of antique Burmese monk statues

Pair of antique Burmese monk statues

300 euro
High quality bronze Tara statue

High quality bronze Tara statue

950 euro
Old wooden Burmese Monk

Old wooden Burmese Monk

300 euro
Old Nepali Buddha statue

Old Nepali Buddha statue

250 euro
Old wooden monk statue

Old wooden monk statue

60 euro
Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

1450 euro
Antique Burmese stupa

Antique Burmese stupa

2250 euro
Old bronze Ganesha statue

Old bronze Ganesha statue

300 euro
Antique wooden Burmese monk statue

Antique wooden Burmese monk statue

200 euro
Antique Nepali Shiva statue

Antique Nepali Shiva statue

250 euro
Old bronze Buddha statue

Old bronze Buddha statue

850 euro
High quality Nepali gold-face Buddha statue

High quality Nepali gold-face Buddha statue

450 euro
Old Nepali Gao - travel shrine

Old Nepali Gao - travel shrine

100 euro
Antique bronze Tara statue

Antique bronze Tara statue

5250 euro
Old Nepali Buddha statue

Old Nepali Buddha statue

500 euro
Old wooden Mandalay Buddha statue

Old wooden Mandalay Buddha statue

275 euro
High quality Nepali Buddha statue

High quality Nepali Buddha statue

1250 euro
Pair of antique Burmese monk statues

Pair of antique Burmese monk statues

300 euro
Old bronze Manjushree statue

Old bronze Manjushree statue

275 euro
Old bronze White Tara statue

Old bronze White Tara statue

950 euro
Old Burmese wooden monk statue

Old Burmese wooden monk statue

60 euro
Antique Burmese home shrine

Antique Burmese home shrine

550 euro
High quality Nepali Buddha statue

High quality Nepali Buddha statue

1750 euro
Old wooden Buddha statue

Old wooden Buddha statue

450 euro
Antique Nepali Vajrasattva statue

Antique Nepali Vajrasattva statue

350 euro
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