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Buddha Buddhism Cambodie

Antique Buddha Statues From Cambodia

Cambodia was the center of the Funan kingdom, which expanded into Burma and as far south as

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Malaysia between the 3rd and 6th centuries. Its influence seems to have been essentially political, most of the cultural influence coming directly from India. Buddhist art occurred from a very early period (sixth-seventh century) in the Mekong delta region of modern-day Cambodia and Vietnam). Stylistically, this material prefigures the Khmer art created farther inland in what is now Cambodia. The extant works suggest that Cambodia, like other regions of Southeast Asia, knew of both Early Buddhist and Mahayana practices: images of bodhisattvas coexist with those of the Buddha.

In the ninth century, Jayavarman II (802) established the Khmer Angkorian kingdom in the region around present day Siem Reap. While generally Hindu, the Khmer royalty revered their ancestors, building monuments to commemorate them. They also established temples to the various Hindu gods, particularly Shiva, with whom they identified. Material remains suggest that Buddhism continued during the extent of the kingdom of Angkor (into the fourteenth century), but it was most evident in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, under the reign of Jayavarman VII (1181- c.1220).

A prolific builder and a Mahayana practitioner, Jayavarman VII constructed dozens of extensive temple complexes dedicated to the Buddha. One common image of the Buddha from this period depicts him with two bodhisattvasLokeshvara (who represents karuna, compassion) and Prajnaparamita (who represents prajna, wisdom). One tenet of Mahayana Buddhism is that one can attain enlightenment through the joining of wisdom and compassion, a belief given form in this triad (plate 39). Jayavarman’ commitment to this ideal is suggested in this construction of three temples: the firstm Ta Prohm, dedicated to his mother in the form of Prajnaparamita: Preah Khan, dedicated to his father in the form ofLokeshvara; and the Bayon, dedicated to himself. We can surmise that this last was dedicated to Jayavarman VII as the Buddha.

Sculptural reliefs at twelfth- and thirteenth-century Buddhist temples were destroyed during the fourteenth century, suggesting a period of persecution against Buddhist. One author has suggested that this was retribution carried out by Theravada Buddhists against the Mahayana Buddhism that Jayavarman VII had embraced. A more common interpretation is that Hindus persecuted the Buddhists, and recarving of some Buddha images as Shiva lingas (Shiva’s phallus) may well substantiate this second assertion. What happened will probably never known with certainty, but the fourteenth century was the period when Cambodia became a Theravada Buddhist country.

With this rich history, Cambodian Buddhist art and antique Buddha statues are rare items currently. If you are willing to get any of these rare pieces of art, do visit our online catalog.

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Buddha Statues in our catalog

Antique wooden Mandalay Buddha

Antique wooden Mandalay Buddha

550 euro
Old Nepali Buddha statue

Old Nepali Buddha statue

300 euro
Very high quality antique Mandalay Buddha

Very high quality antique Mandalay Buddha

3750 euro
Very special bronze Arakan Buddha statue

Very special bronze Arakan Buddha statue

9500 euro
Antique bronze Mandalay Buddha statue

Antique bronze Mandalay Buddha statue

1750 euro
18th century wooden Shan Buddha statue

18th century wooden Shan Buddha statue

950 euro
Antique bronze Top Quality Pyu Buddha statue

Antique bronze Top Quality Pyu Buddha statue

3000 euro
Antique wooden Shan Buddha statue

Antique wooden Shan Buddha statue

1200 euro
Antique marble Burma Buddha

Antique marble Burma Buddha

1100 euro
Antique bronze Shan Buddha

Antique bronze Shan Buddha

400 euro
Very early bronze Arakan Buddha statue

Very early bronze Arakan Buddha statue

3000 euro
Very special antique bronze Mandalay Buddha

Very special antique bronze Mandalay Buddha

4000 euro
Antique Burmese Mandalay Buddha statue

Antique Burmese Mandalay Buddha statue

250 euro
Antique wooden Buddha statue

Antique wooden Buddha statue

650 euro
Antique Burmese offering vessel

Antique Burmese offering vessel

1250 euro
Antique bronze Shan Buddha statue

Antique bronze Shan Buddha statue

500 euro
Special bronze Ava Buddha statue

Special bronze Ava Buddha statue

Old gilded Samantabhadra statue

Old gilded Samantabhadra statue

1750 euro
Old bronze Buddha statue

Old bronze Buddha statue

250 euro
Old Buddha statue from Nepal

Old Buddha statue from Nepal

1450 euro
Antique Buddha statue from Burma

Antique Buddha statue from Burma

250 euro
Very special antique Japanese Amida Buddha

Very special antique Japanese Amida Buddha

13000 euro
Antique bronze Laos Buddha statue

Antique bronze Laos Buddha statue

1250 euro
Old Nepali bronze Buddha statue

Old Nepali bronze Buddha statue

250 euro
Old standing Mandalay Buddha statue

Old standing Mandalay Buddha statue

500 euro
Antique wooden Mon Buddha statue

Antique wooden Mon Buddha statue

1850 euro
Special bronze Mandalay Buddha statue

Special bronze Mandalay Buddha statue

7500 euro
Old Nepali crowned Buddha statue

Old Nepali crowned Buddha statue

1750 euro
Antique alabaster Buddha statue

Antique alabaster Buddha statue

1450 euro
Old Nepali bronze Buddha statue

Old Nepali bronze Buddha statue

1550 euro
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