Bronze Arakan Jambhupati Buddha Statue From Burma
AGE: – Pre 18th Century
HEIGHT: – 38cm
WIDTH: – 21cm
DEPTH: – 15.5cm
WEIGHT:– 6.1 kg
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Bronze Arakan Jambhupati Buddha Statue From Burma seated on a two-tiered square pedestal with hand gestures in Bhumisparsa mudra (touching earth). A large decorative usnisha, with a decorative pointed finial, sits in the centre of a five lotus bud-shaped pronged crown. (One prong centre back missing).
This style is traditionally seen in the Jambhupati style from the Arakan/Mrauk-u region of Myanmar. The side flanges are attached to the crown with jewels hanging around the neck. Rings decorate the fingers of the right hand, eyes are downcast, lips slightly curved in a gentle smile, and wearing large decorative earrings.
The royal king jambhupati style of Buddha statue was adopted by craftsmen throughout Myanmar and can be seen in a variety of styles made from wood, alabaster, and marble and sometimes a mixture of both.
Arakan is located in the mid-northwest part of Myanmar and shares a border with Bangladesh. Arakan also referred to as Rakhine State is separated from Myanmar proper by a range of mountains referred to as the Arakan Yomas and is separated from Bangladesh by the River Naaf.
The people of Arakan have their own distinct culture, dialects, and style of Buddha statues. The casting of bronze Buddha statues in the State of Arakan (Rakhine) was heavily influenced by visiting Buddhist pilgrims from India during the first millennia.