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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 Thai Buddha statue

Antique bronze Thai Buddha statue

325 euro
Antique bronzen Thai Buddha statue

Antique bronzen Thai Buddha statue

500 euro
Antique wooden Burmese stupa

Antique wooden Burmese stupa

250 euro
Antique bronze Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique bronze Burmese Shan Buddha

400 euro
Antique wooden Laos Buddha statue

Antique wooden Laos Buddha statue

350 euro
Set of antique bronze Burmese opium weights

Set of antique bronze Burmese opium weights

150 euro
High quality bronze Nepali Buddha statue

High quality bronze Nepali Buddha statue

950 euro
Old bronze Nepali Medicine Buddha statue

Old bronze Nepali Medicine Buddha statue

275 euro
Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

275 euro
High quality bronze Nepali Medicine Buddha

High quality bronze Nepali Medicine Buddha

950 euro
Old wooden Burmese Buddha statue

Old wooden Burmese Buddha statue

175 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

150 euro
Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha

Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha

375 euro
Bronze Nepali medicine Buddha statue

Bronze Nepali medicine Buddha statue

200 euro
Antique Jain statue from an Indian temple

Antique Jain statue from an Indian temple

900 euro
Old metal shrine with antique Burmese Buddha

Old metal shrine with antique Burmese Buddha

300 euro
Antique bronze Burmese Shan Buddha statue

Antique bronze Burmese Shan Buddha statue

4,000 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

150 euro
Old wooden Buddha statue

Old wooden Buddha statue

125 euro
Special early bronze Thai Buddha statue

Special early bronze Thai Buddha statue

4,500 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

125 euro
Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha statue

Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha statue

600 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Stupa

Antique wooden Burmese Stupa

2,450 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Nat statue

Antique wooden Burmese Nat statue

250 euro
Antique wooden Japanese Buddha

Antique wooden Japanese Buddha

2,350 euro
Antique bronze Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique bronze Burmese Shan Buddha

1,500 euro
Antique wooden temple panel

Antique wooden temple panel

2,750 euro
Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha statue

Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha statue

350 euro
Old bronze gilded Nepali Manjushri

Old bronze gilded Nepali Manjushri

375 euro
Very special and large bronze Burmese Buddha statue

Very special and large bronze Burmese Buddha statue

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