Pre 17th Century Burmese Wooden Buddha Statue
AGE: – Pre 17th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Wood and Thayo lacquer
HEIGHT: – 71cm
WIDTH: – 32cm
DEPTH: – 17cm
WEIGHT: – 11.6 Kg.
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An impressive Pagan style Pre 17th Century Burmese Wooden Buddha Statue seated on a high pedestal, with lips curved upwards in a gentle smile. The eyes are painted and cast downwards, and the ears are elongated and rest on the shoulders. The lapel is shown draped over the left shoulder, falling to the waist, with a portion of the lapel draped over the right shoulder in the Pinya style which came after the Pagan dynasty.
Fingernails are painted, and knobs of thayo lacquer represent hair curls with a narrow band running across the top of the forehead reaching the top of the ears on both sides, this statue similarly to this Pagan Buddha statue has a red and black lacquer coating..
This representation of the Buddha is seen here with a hand gesture in Bhumisparsa mudra, symbolic of overcoming the last obstacle upon his enlightenment when he overcame the temptations and wrath of the demon Mara who tried to distract him from his path to enlightenment.
The Buddha is seated atop a carved pedestal incised to represent a double lotus pedestal seen in many other Burmese Buddha statues such as this.
Very nice patina on this old Buddha Statue with traces of gilding remaining, lacquer is worn with age, cracks on the base, one crack shows signs of repair with some remaining glue residue, lacquer hair curls are quite brittle with a few missing
The facial features are similar to many Pagan Buddha statues of the Pagan era 12th – 13th century, and we would not hesitate to assume that this statue is a lot older than suggested.