Burmese Buddha Art Shan style is a fusion of styles highly influenced by its close neighbors in Thailand.
The Shan people of Burma are thought to have originated from the Yunnan area of far west southern China in the 6th Century A.D. The Shan state shares a border with China, Thailand and Laos. Shan ethnic groups are found in all of these countries including India. There is evidence that trade with these neighbors thrived from as early as 700 B.C through to 400 A.D. The Shans of the northern Yoma area invaded the Rakhine state situated in the north western part of Myanmar and shares a border with Bangladesh.
The Shan are probably the most numerous and widely diffused Indo-Chinese race and occupy the valleys and plateau of the broad belt of mountainous country that leave the Himalayas and trends South easterly between Burma proper on the west and China and Cambodia on the east, down to the Gulf of Siam.
The last Shan kingdom was overthrown by the Burman King Anawrahta between 1050AD and 1060AD in an endeavor to unite the various ethnic groups into one nation. Prior to King Anawrahta’s rule there were nine Shan kingdoms recorded in early Burmese history.
Later the Shan established their capital at Pinya in upper Myanmar after which it was transferred to Ava around 1312. Works of art and Buddhist iconography produced by the Shan is evident in artifacts found in the Shan plateau valleys dating back to prehistoric times.
Burmese Buddha Art Shan
Marble Shan Buddha Statue in Pagoda on Inle Lake, Shan Statue