The Burmese Buddha – Jambupatti style is highly decorative and somewhat different to the traditional Mandalay Buddha style that show elaborate folds in the loose fitting monks dress. The Jambupatti images show a tight fitting coat and trousers, they are more often seen seated in the crossed leg lotus position on a simple throne or sometimes on a highly decorative throne. The Mandalay and Shan style of Jambupatti Buddha statue developed in the 18th century with a Thai influence, unlike the Jambupatti Buddha statue from the Rakhine state in the West of Myanmar, close to the Bangladeshi border which developed its style through the influence of its Indian neighbours several hundred years ago.
The Mandalay and Shan Jambupatti Buddha Statue can vary from simple to very ornate and are often embellished with glass mosaics and glass beads. Thayo lacquer is applied to the sculpture in various patterns resembling fish scales and usually the body is gilded. Some are adorned with separate regalia such as side flanges, crowns and body regalia made from zinc metal plate, a central medallion is often displayed on the centre back and front of the body or as a centre piece on the metal regalia.
The Jambupatti Buddha relates to the story from the Pali text about an arrogant King named Jambusara who wanted to annex the dominion of King Bimbisare of Rajagaha. King Bimbisare a friend of the Buddha called on him to help thwart this arrogant king from this plan. The Buddha sent one of his followers to bring Jambusara to him in order to humble him, the Buddha appeared before Jambusara in Royal Regalia sitting on a jewelled throne under an umbrella. Jambusara humbled by the Buddha and the splendour in which he appeared to him was humbled, he acknowledged the Buddha and became one of his followers.