Mandalay Wood Royal Buddha Statue from Burma
AGE: – 19th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Teak Wood
HEIGHT: – 54cm
WIDTH: – 41cm
DEPTH: – 23cm
WEIGHT: – 9 kg.
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19th Century Mandalay Wood Royal Buddha Statue from Burma with hand gesture in Bhumisparsa Mudra – “calling the earth to witness”. The left-hand lies in the lap, palm upwards whilst the right-hand bends over the right knee with fingers slightly touching the top of the pedestal indicates the moment of his enlightenment.
The body and arms are covered in Thayo lacquer decoration in a diamond pattern similar to other traditional Mandalay-style Jambhupati Buddha statues representing the robe worn by the Buddha. Traces of gold still remain, and a band of coloured red glass mosaics decorates the sides and front of the forehead. A Thayo lacquer scroll pattern decorates the top front of the robe and again around the front of the pedestal.
The Condition of this lovely old Mandalay statue overall is good, some of the thayo lacquer decoration along the front of the base has been worn and damaged with age. Loss of lacquer on the front area of the neck where some of the lacquer has worn off on the post that slots into the neck. Hands and head have been carved separately to the body and are removable, a headband of red glass mosaics runs across the forehead from ear to ear, and a glass stone is fixed in the centre of the forehead between the eyes representing the third eye.
This representation of the Buddha with dark skin colour is not so common most representations of the Buddha show him with light coloured skin. The Buddha, in reality, would have had the skin colour of most Indians from India which range from light to dark, and considering that the Buddha spent a lot of his mature years meditating and teaching outdoors, the sun would have darkened his skin colour considerably.