Avalokiteshwara Statue and Mahayana Buddha Statue

Photo Source: Kemdikbud/Ministry of Education and Culture

INDEPHEDIA.com - Awalokiteshwara statues and Mahayana Buddha statues found at the Bingin Jungut Site.

This site is located on the east side of the Musi River in Bingin Jungut Village, Muara Kelingi District, Musi Rawas Regency, South Sumatra Province, Indonesia.

The site was first reported by Schnitger in 1937 in his book entitled "The Archeology of Hindoo Sumatra".

Furthermore, he mentioned that the four-armed Awalokiteswara statue was found from the site.

The Awalokiteswara statue is now kept at the National Museum, D-216-247 and the unfinished Buddha statue is currently kept at the Balaputradewa Museum, Palembang.

The four-armed Awalokiteswara statue is depicted in a standing position, measuring 192 cm high and wearing a crown decorated with Amithaba Buddha.

On the back there is an inscription that reads //daŋ ācāryya syuta//. The statue is a Mahayana Arcaha which was made in place after the Sailendra family ruled over Java in the 7th–9th century AD.

Based on the form of the writing, the Awalokiteswara statue dates from around the 8th century AD.

Meanwhile, an unfinished Buddha statue is depicted in a position where the palm of the right hand is directed forward, while the left hand is covered with a robe.

The lower part of the statue has not been completed. The Buddha statues include Mahayana Buddhas which were made on site and may have existed when I-Tsing lived in Sriwijaya. (*)

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