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Title
 
Akshobya Figure
Early 1990s
Description
 
This statue of Buddha was used during the Buddha Day festivals in Croydon in the early 1990s by the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order. These festivals are held at the full moon in April or May. This figure represents the Buddha Akshobhya, possesor of the ""mirror-like"" wisdom. This means he sees all things as they really are, without the distortions usually imposed by the unenlightened human mind and is the reason for the mirror beneath the figure. Akshobhya is one of a group of five mythical Buddhas who together form a mandala or ""magic square"", representing the union of the five types of wisdom in the enlightened mind. The Croydon Buddhist Centre is in the High Street.
Object Name
 
statue
Date
 
Early 1990s
Physical Description
 
Cast resin statue on a wooden base with a mirror fixed to it, flanked by plastic elephants
Measurements
 
whole: 308 mm x 278 x 123 mm
Theme
 
Life & Love | Religion & Morality
Location
 
Museum of Croydon | Area 6 | Kiosk 2
Type
 
MUSEUM OBJECTS
Level
 
Item
Repository
 
Croydon Museum and Heritage Service