Buddha Iconography: Why do so many Luang Prabang Buddha Statues have this pose?
Buddha Statue Iconography: What do Buddha's different poses mean?In Buddhist art and iconography, the position and posture of a Buddha statue is incredibly significant in its meaning. Each pose has a unique meaning. For example, a reclining Buddha represents the Buddha reaching nirvana; a Buddha with one hand extended represents a comment to stop fighting; and two hands extended represents holding back the floodwaters.
|standing Buddha images in the Luang Prabang Kingdom art style|
Luang Prabang Standing BuddhaStanding Buddha statues with their arms held straight down at their sides are a unique feature of the art style of the Kingdom of Luang Prabang, and are rarely, if ever, found outside of north-central Laos. This unique posture has a very important meaning in Luang Prabang.
|two Luang Prabang-style standing Buddha statues|
|an example of the Luang Prabang-style standing Buddha image|