Copper and or Brass Buddha Figurine

I have a small buddha figuring that I recently listed along with two other buddha figurines, but this particular one has garnered a lot of interest. Within a day of listing online I have had over a dozen enquires about it, which made me pause. It's quite heavy for such a small item, looks like brass but the bottom had a silver-ish color. So I put a magnet to it and discovered it is non ferrous (non magnetic) so I took it to my local scrap yard to have it tested. They shaved away bit of the bottom (which is fine as there are no maker or artist markings on it) and told me it is brass. I would have preferred they used the metal analyzer on it for more accurate results, but I trust their judgement. Now it does look like brass but on the bottom there are also indications of pure copper along with the alloy brass. Even though it is brass it's not worth much at scrap value even though brass and copper are the most valuable scrap metals. Id make more selling it for $40 than what the scrap yard would give me for it. But the sheer number of inquiries I have had about it makes me curious about its origins and value. I appreciate all assistance in evaluating this item and any information you can offer.


3 inches tall2 & 1/8 inches wide2 & 1/8 inches depth

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June 3, 2024
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Hello, This item is a 20th-century Indian and Islamic art piece, specifically a bronze statue of Buddha Samantabhadra. Crafted using the lost wax method, this statue exhibits intricate details and fine craftsmanship characteristic of traditional bronze casting techniques. Buddha Samantabhadra, also known as the Universal Worthy, is a prominent figure in Mahayana Buddhism, representing the highest form of enlightenment and virtue. The statue likely portrays him in a traditional seated posture, symbolizing meditation and spiritual contemplation. The use of bronze and the lost wax method in creating this statue highlights the enduring legacy of artistic techniques passed down through generations in Indian and Islamic art. Such pieces often serve as revered objects of devotion, meditation, and cultural heritage, embodying the spiritual values and aesthetic traditions of their respective cultures.