Wordless Wednesday – 23

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This post is not going to be wordless, though, because I’d like to give the background about the two photos.

Came across this beautiful sculpture at the entrance of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum, a premier art and history museum located in Mumbai.

The first image depicts the serene, reassuring Buddha as he exists in a world of constant turmoil. The second image is much more than what you see at first glance. It depicts the sleeping Buddha with fifteen hundred meditating Buddhas on the other side. The sleeping Buddha here is Akshobhaya, in Bhumisparsha mudra, touching Mother Earth with his right hand, asking her to be witness to his magical moment of enlightenment.

p1080730(Linking up with Wordless Wednesday.)

The connotation of the two sides is to the Buddha who exists in a macro and a micro level. Isn’t this amazing? What do you think of it? Have you come across this before? 

  • travelerinme


    One of the most interesting sculpture I have seen. Thanks for sharing Esha.

    • Esha M Dutta

      Thanks, Monika. Glad you liked it. 🙂

  • Sanchie @ Living my Imperfect Life


    Last I went to POW museum was almost 15 years ago…we went there for our Anthropology subject. I quite liked it there but of course ,this wasn’t there at the time. Lovely sculpture

  • Parul Thakur


    Wow! So beautiful. Thank you for sharing – I would have never known about this. IF I visit Mumbai, I will look this up 🙂

    • Esha M Dutta

      Thank you Parul. Please do so. It is located in Colaba, very central and very easy to find. The collection of artefacts in the museum is definitely one of India’s best. 🙂

  • shalzmojo


    It’s a gorgeous sculpture. It was put up at the India Habitat Center in New Delhi where I viewed it and was totally stunned to see it. It’s a fantastic piece for sure.

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