Thai Buddha Images : Gestures and Postures of the Buddha. Buddha images of different historic periods in Thailand.

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Buddha Images with Abhaya Mudra


Abhaya Mudra


Imparting Fearlessness (Reassurance).
This gesture is made with the hand raised and the palm facing outwards, fingers extended pointing upward. The wrist is bent at a right angle with the forearm. The gesture is sometimes made with both hands. Sometimes the Abhaya Mudra is made with one hand, while another Mudra (such as Varuda Mudra) is made with the other hand.
The Buddha may be either standing, sitting or walking.

Abhaya Mudra, Buddha Image at Wat Thammikarat, Ayutthaya.

Seated Buddha Image, displaying the Hand Gesture of Abhaya Mudra. The Buddha Image is holding threads connected to various parts of the Ubosoth (part of religious ceromony) at Wat Thammikarat, Ayutthaya.

 

Buddha image, forbidding the relatives from fighting, abhaya mudra

Standing Buddha image, with the gesture of Forbidding the Relatives from Fighting.
In the style of the Lopburi period.
Cast and enlarged from an ancient model.
Image present in the cloister of the Ubosoth at Wat Benchamabophit, Bangkok.

 

calming the ocean, buddha images

Standing Buddha image with the Gesture of Calming the Ocean.
Ayutthaya Style. The Buddha is in Royal Attire. (16-17th Century A.D.)
National Museum Prachinburi

 

standing buddha

Standing Buddha image, with the gesture of Forbidding the Relatives from Fighting.
Wearing the attributes of Royalty.
In the style of the Lopburi period.
From Wat Tewarat, Bangkok.
Image present in the courtyard behind the Ubosoth at Wat Benchamabophit, Bangkok.

 

Imparitng Fearlessness, Abhaya Mudra, Buddha

Walking Buddha image with the gesture of Imparting Fearlessness.
In the style of the Sukhothai period.
From Wat Mahathat, Bangkok.
Image present in the cloister of the Ubosoth at Wat Benchamabophit, Bangkok.

 

sukhothai, abhaya mudra
Walking Buddha, Sukhothai Historical Park

 

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