Burmese Alabaster Crowned Shan Buddha Statue
AGE: – Late 18th Century Second Innwa (Nyaungyan Period)
HEIGHT: – 58cm
WIDTH: – 35cm
DEPTH: – 13cm
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A masterpiece in craftsmanship, the beautiful 18th Century Burmese Alabaster Crowned Shan Buddha Statue, is seated on a double lotus pedestal with hand gestures in Bhumisparsa mudra. The robe, flanges, body, and pedestal are gilded and intricately incised to represent the royal regalia worn by a king.
This Buddha statue is shown with carved flanges decorating either side of the head, wearing large earrings extending over the shoulders, all carved from one piece of marble.
Large, gilded rings decorate each finger on the right hand and again on the thumb of the left hand. The crown is carved and incised in a lotus petal shape, supported by broadband circling the forehead. Above the crown is a large wide bulbous usnisha with a bulbous finial above, rising into a point.
This Buddha statue is from the Innwa area of upper Burma, referred to as the “Kingdom of Innwa” or the Court of Inwa. Innwa was the capital of Burma from 1364 A.D. until 1841 A.D.