19C Mandalay Alabaster Standing Earth Goddes # AO.059

CAT NO. AO.059




According to Buddhist myths, Earth Goddess is personified as a young woman wringing the cool waters of detachment out of her hair to drown Mara, the demon sent to tempt Gautama Buddha as he meditated under the Bodhi Tree.

The Bodhisattva was sitting in meditation on his throne under the Bodhi Tree, Mara, the Evil One, was jealous and wanted to stop him from reaching enlightenment.


Accompanied by his warriors, wild animals and his daughters, he tried to drive the Bodhisattva from his throne. All the gods were terrified and ran away, leaving the Bodhisattva alone to face Mara's challenge. The Bodhisattva stretched down his right hand and touched the earth, summoning her to be his witness.

The earth deity in the form of a beautiful woman rose up from underneath the throne, and affirmed the Bodhisattva's right to occupy the vajriisana. She twisted her long hair, and torrents of water collected there from the innumerable donative libations of the Buddha over the ages created a flood.

The flood washed away Mara and his army, and the Bodhisattva was freed to reach enlightenment



PERIOD: Early 19th century





RARITY AND CONDITION: Extremely rare, good condition, some possible cleaning / restoration, expected day to day wear (see photos)



HEIGHT IN INCHES: 35" with stand 44"(89cm with stand 112cm)

WIDTH / LENGTH: 15"(38cm) WEIGHT IN KILOS: Over10klg.



PROVENANCE: Acquired from a Burmese collector

EVALUATION APPRAISAL:Fantastic piece with great spiritual presence



PRICE: US$4,200.00

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