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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 bronze Shiva statue

Antique bronze Shiva statue

300 euro
Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

800 euro
Pair of old Burmese monk statues

Pair of old Burmese monk statues

400 euro
Bronze Vajrasattva statue

Bronze Vajrasattva statue

150 euro
Antique gilded Burmese Buddha statue

Antique gilded Burmese Buddha statue

1450 euro
Old Nepali bronze Green Tara statue

Old Nepali bronze Green Tara statue

1550 euro
Antique gilded Burmese offering vessel

Antique gilded Burmese offering vessel

1850 euro
High quality Nepali gold-face Buddha statue

High quality Nepali gold-face Buddha statue

350 euro
Antique Burmese wooden monk statue

Antique Burmese wooden monk statue

650 euro
Old bronze Nepali Tara statue

Old bronze Nepali Tara statue

275 euro
Antique wooden Burmese monk statue

Antique wooden Burmese monk statue

150 euro
Old Nepali Singing Bowl

Old Nepali Singing Bowl

150 euro
Antique wooden Mandalay Buddha statue

Antique wooden Mandalay Buddha statue

975 euro
Old wooden Burmese monk statue

Old wooden Burmese monk statue

125 euro
Old bronze Nepali Vajrasattva statue

Old bronze Nepali Vajrasattva statue

275 euro
High quality bronze Nepali Bodhisattva

High quality bronze Nepali Bodhisattva

2250 euro
Antique Burmese standing Nat statue

Antique Burmese standing Nat statue

150 euro
Old marble Burmese Mandalay Buddha statue

Old marble Burmese Mandalay Buddha statue

350 euro
Old Burmese marble Mandalay Buddha

Old Burmese marble Mandalay Buddha

100 euro
Antique Chinese wooden Deity

Antique Chinese wooden Deity

250 euro
Old bronze Nepali Vajrasattva statue

Old bronze Nepali Vajrasattva statue

750 euro
Old Nepali bronze Lokeshwor statue

Old Nepali bronze Lokeshwor statue

750 euro
Antique bronze Burmese Mandalay Buddha statue

Antique bronze Burmese Mandalay Buddha statue

2500 euro
Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

1250 euro
Old wooden Guan Yin statue

Old wooden Guan Yin statue

100 euro
Antique Burmese offering vessel

Antique Burmese offering vessel

450 euro
Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

275 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Nat statue on horse

Antique wooden Burmese Nat statue on horse

950 euro
Old bronze Nepali Medicine Buddha

Old bronze Nepali Medicine Buddha

275 euro
Old wooden Burmese Monk statue

Old wooden Burmese Monk statue

125 euro
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