Southeast Asia, Burma, late 18th century CE. This is a lacquered, gold-leafed wooden statue of a Buddha in the Burmese Mandalay style. He has fine carved details of his sash and hair, and the carving on his throne is elaborate flowered and geometric designs. The Mandalay style is often of a youthful, sweet-faced Buddha. His hair hugs his head in tight curls. In this particular piece, he has a prominent ushnisha. Buddhas are always depicted in different mudras, or poses, that represent historical moments in the Buddha's life, forms of meditation, or a symbolic combination of both. This Buddha is depicted in the Bhumisparsha mudra, with his right hand over the right knee reaching towards the ground and the palm inward and touching the lotus throne. His left hand lies in his lap with the palm upright. This mudra represents the moment of his awakening, as he defeated the demon Mara, and claimed the earth as his witness to his enlightenment. Size: 36-1/2" H x 15-1/2" W x 11-1/4" L (93 cm x 39 cm x 28-1/2 cm). IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to size, crating will be required. Please inquire about shipping.
Provenance: Ex-private Northern Colorado collection, from the Audry Meadows Burmese Art Collection, Seattle, WA 1998
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