Title: Buddha Figure and Stand
Name: Buddha Figure and Stand
Medium: Bronze, lucite base
Dimensions: Figure: 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 5 in. (24.1 x 19.1 x 12.7 cm)
Base: 1 1/8 x 8 1/2 x 6 1/4 in. (2.9 x 21.6 x 15.9 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Ann and Henry Brunnier. In the Ann and Henry Brunnier Collection, Brunnier Art Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
The term Buddha is derived from ancient Sanskrit meaning "one who has awakened". A Buddha is one symbolic member of a spiritual lineage of Buddha's extending both through history and into the future. In Mahayana Buddhism, the principles by which a person can achieve enlightenment and awakening, or Bodhi, are known as Dharma, meaning law or truth. The Buddha is viewed as a transcendental being, always present yet beyond the reach of common logic.