An old man and a scorpion, such is the Buddhist tale depicted here.
Very detailed, pleasing to the eye, executed in copper with the green stains representing the water.
The statue's weight is 1.8 kg. Measurements: approx. 19 cm tall, 18 cm wide, and 10 cm deep. The front of his cap show Chinese characters, to me unfortunately illegible. (The maker of the statue or the name of the story?) the statue will be sent by registered post.
The Old Man and the Scorpion
One morning, after he had finished his meditation, the old man opened his eyes and saw a scorpion floating helplessly in the water. As the scorpion was washed closer to the tree, the old man quickly stretched himself out on one of the long roots that branched out into the river and reached out to rescue the drowning creature. As soon as he touched it, the scorpion stung him. Instinctively the man withdrew his hand. A minute later, after he had regained his balance, he stretched himself out again on the roots to save the scorpion. This time the scorpion stung him so badly with its poisonous tail that his hand became swollen and bloody and his face contorted with pain.
At that moment, a passerby saw the old man stretched out on the roots struggling with the scorpion and shouted: "Hey, stupid old man, what's wrong with you? Only a fool would risk his life for the sake of an ugly, evil creature. Don't you know you could kill yourself trying to save that ungrateful scorpion?"
The old man turned his head. Looking into the stranger's eyes he said calmly, "My friend, just because it is the scorpion's nature to sting, that does not change my nature to save."
Source: China Buddhism
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