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A Very Large Burmese Standing Buddha, 19th Century

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All Items: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Sculpture: Pre 1900: item # 1081083

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A Very Large Burmese Standing Buddha, 19th Century
From our Southeast Asia Collection, a very large and fine Burmese Standing Buddha, late 19th century, constructed of carved and gilded hardwood depicting Buddha in a classic Mandalay School rendering which features a broad oval face, downward gazing eyes, elongated earlobes that touch the shoulders, a glass inset fillet band around the forehead, a dome-shaped ushnisha on the top of Buddha's head, and perhaps most characteristic of this particular style, is an elaborately carved robe with ornamental thayo work and inset glass (hmanzi shwe cha) that cascades down the front chest and terminates in rippling pleats. Here too as often depicted in these Mandalay School examples, Buddha is seen holding the myrobalan fruit in his right hand.

Size and Condition: Size including mounting stand is 5 feet, 5 inches (65 inches). Size off the stand is 59 inches. Overall condition is excellent with expected wear and rubbing to the gilding, along with some light abrasions to the wood here and there commensurate with age and handling. There is also some light age cracking to the top of the ushnisha where a small section of wood (1.5 inches) has flaked off, but the area is otherwise stable. This flaking is quite minor but we try to capture it in the last two photos just for accuracy and completeness.



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