Antique Alabaster Shan Buddha Statue
AGE: – 18th – 19th Century
HEIGHT: – 49cm
WIDTH: – 24cm
DEPTH: – 13cm
#61 PRICE: AU$3,800.00 CONTACT
Antique Alabaster Shan Buddha Statue seated on a high narrow-waisted double lotus pedestal, with hand gestures in bhumisparsa mudra. The face on this statue shows a childlike appearance with painted eyes, urna, and fingernails.
Buddha statues from the Shan State can be extremely ornate with crowns, flanges, and glass mosaics, decorated with Thayo lacquer, or unadorned as this one is. Most Burmese statues of this age have been re-gilded more than once or painted with a reddish-colored lacquer, a lacquer used extensively in Myanmar as the base coat prior to gilding.
Shan State is the largest state in Myanmar with approximately nine primary ethnic groups, with the majority following the Theravada school of Buddhism and having their own written language as well as the most diverse styles in Buddhist iconography in Myanmar.
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