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Burmese Buddha Ava Innwa Style

After the decline of the Pagan kingdom in the mid 13th century the Ava/Innwa period was then established in A.D.1342. The Burmese Buddha Ava Innwa style statue during this period became more ornate, compared to the styles of their Pagan predecessors.

The Ava/Innwa art was largely influenced by the Tai a group of people thought to have originated in south western China, they established their own kingdom making Ava it’s capital. Tai iconography up until this period incorporated a mix of Indian, Chinese and Tibetan influences.

During the Innwa period Buddha statues were crafted in a variety of styles, some were made in the style of the Arakan Jambhupati Buddha with ornate crowns and attire, others with large usnisha’s and gilded with stone and glass mosaics inlay. Thayo laquer was used for decorative floral patterns around the edges of crowns, thrones and attire.

The proximity of the Ava Kingdom to Sagaing and the chain of mountains which are abundant in marble, crafting Buddha statues out of alabaster and marble became popular.