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This gorgeous lacquer painting of Buddha under a tree is both beautiful and symbolic. Deep, rich shades of orange and red are striking against the black lacquered background with a serene, smiling Buddha in the center of the piece.
The first images of Buddha appeared around the 1st century BC and became more prolific as time went on to encourage followers to use visualization and imagination on their path towards enlightenment.
In this gorgeous lacquer painting, the Buddha sits underneath the Bodhi Tree, which is the tree where he is thought to have first reached enlightenment. Underneath the Buddha is an open lotus flower, which symbolizes complete enlightenment and purification of the mind, speech and body. An open red lotus flower is shown on his right hand as well, which further signifies purity of the heart and is the lotus of love and compassion.
The position of the Buddha is also significant, as the Buddha is seated in the Vitarka Mudra position, which means reasoning and giving of instruction. The thumb and index finger on the right hand are held together to indicate the never-ending nature of true enlightenment.
Even the colors on this wonderful painting have significance, as black symbolizes the dark that comes before enlightenment and the transcendent nature of Buddha. The delicate gold color lines on the painting represent the sun and fire, both of which are sacred in Buddhism, while the shades of orange symbolize the dignity and wisdom of Buddha.
The gorgeous lacquer on this painting reflects an ancient Buddhist tradition of using lacquer to create art that goes back as far as 4000 BC.
Allow this beautiful painting with its incredible Buddhist significance and colors a place of honor in your home.