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Cast Metal Cambodian Buddha

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Sculpture: Pre 1910   item# 1245861 (stock# 57-74)

Cast Metal Cambodian Buddha
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Silk Road Gallery
(203) 208-0771


$500 

A Khmer face with full lips, short nose and eyes that tilt upward at the outer corners identifies the Cambodian origin of this early 20th century cast metal standing Buddha. The gesture of blessing and protection, abhaya mudra, is conveyed with the right hand, and both palms are incised with the Buddhist wheel of law. A high lotus finial tops tight curls on the rounded head. The torso is bare to the waist where a body-hugging robe is defined with deep incising around the hips and on a panel ...click for details


Qing Home Altar for Buddha Figure

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Wood: Pre 1910   item# 1240857 (stock# 51-27)

Qing Home Altar for Buddha Figure
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(203) 208-0771


$295 

This late Qing Dynasty carved wood home altar, referred to as a “Buddha House,” is from Shandong Province in East China. It includes a wood cover that was slipped down over the altar, where a small Buddha was displayed. The cover was removed for family devotions. Gilded pierced carving framing the altar, while it appears to be scrolling or foliage, on close inspection is two stylized dragons that form the sides of the frame. The altar is just deep enough to display a figure up to 9 ¼” (23.5 c ...click for details


Vintage Mandalay Buddha

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Sculpture: Pre 1940   item# 1236618 (stock# 10-76)

Vintage Mandalay Buddha
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(203) 208-0771


$600 

This sitting Burmese Mandalay Buddha has a dignified demeanor and wears an opulent robe with frills and fancy edging. The edging is an example of the fine skill of Burmese artisans in using thayo, a mixture of lacquer and bone ash that dries to the hardness of wood. Excellent thayo work also is apparent on the double lotus throne and the Buddha’s tightly curled hair. The erect posture adds to the elegant aura of the sculpture. Carving of this piece, especially on the hands and feet, does no ...click for details


Bronze Burmese Black Buddha

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Sculpture: Pre 1910   item# 1233983 (stock# 11-01)

Bronze Burmese Black Buddha
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(203) 208-0771


$700 

This serene early 20th century Burmese Buddha, cast in heavy black bronze, is in excellent condition and was most likely displayed on a home altar. The peaceful face has the broad brow, large downcast eyes and half-smile that first characterized Buddha images during Burma’s Ava Period (1364-1752) and has been adopted by many of the country’s artisans down through the centuries. Simple clean lines of the unadorned robe and the right hand resting lightly in earth touching mudra give the figure dig ...click for details


Contemporary Thai Three-Panel Buddha

Catalogue: Gifts & Home Decor: Decorative Art: Woodwork: Contemporary   item# 1233871 (stock# 11-34)

Contemporary Thai Three-Panel Buddha
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$395 

This nicely contoured Buddha face, carved in three separate wood panels, is from North Thailand. We add this contemporary Buddha to our collection, which over several decades has included only antique and vintage Buddha images, because it is an interesting interpretation of an ancient form. While features of Buddha representations varied from period to period and region to region down through the centuries, this contemporary piece recasts the traditional into sleek and striking. It is purely ...click for details


Vintage Burmese Carved Buddha

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Pre 1960   item# 1227248 (stock# 11-03)

Vintage Burmese Carved Buddha
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$600 

The hands of this vintage teak Burmese Buddha are carved in a variation of the Darmachakra mudra, the gesture that represents teaching and the Buddhist wheel of law. The mudra is most often expressed with thumbs and index fingers of both hands forming separate circles. Here, the thumb and finger of the right hand encircle the middle finger of the left hand. When we found this Buddha in Burma, complex explanations about the precise meaning of this variation were not understandable to us, and w ...click for details


Burmese Flying Hermit Alchemist Zaw-gyi

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Sculpture: Pre 1910   item# 1222465 (stock# 63-84)

Burmese Flying Hermit Alchemist Zaw-gyi
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$890 

This teak sculpture, more than three feet tall, represents a supernatural character from ancient Burmese folklore, Zaw-gyi, who is said to possess a fantastic range of powers. Zaw-gyi is immortal, forever youthful, can fly and practices alchemy, to name just a few of his talents. He lives in solitude and strives for spiritual perfection. An important member in the region’s pantheon of superheroes prior to the arrival of Buddhism in Burma, he was solidly integrated into Buddhist i ...click for details


Mandalay Reclining Buddha

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Pre 1960   item# 1221946 (stock# 13-08)

Mandalay Reclining Buddha
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$495--SALE PENDING 

An exceptionally beautiful face distinguishes this mid-20th century reclining Mandalay Buddha. Carved from one piece of dense Burmese teak, the sleek dark reddish brown figure depicts the Buddha passing into Nirvana. On the wrist is a bracelet with the magic wish-fulfilling jewel Cintamani(see photo enlargement #6). The neck is slender and carved with the three folds characteristic of most Burmese Buddha images. Intricate edging on the graceful draped robe is created of thayo, a lacquer thic ...click for details


Graceful Mandalay Standing Buddha

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Sculpture: Pre 1940   item# 1128330 (stock# 12-20)

Graceful Mandalay Standing Buddha
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$670 

A gilded Mandalay Buddha standing two feet tall strikes a graceful pose, with right hand in the varada mudra of charity and the fulfillment of wishes. Carved of dense Burmese teak wood, this early to mid-20th century figure is coated with a dark red matte lacquer highlighted with a liberal application of gilding. This Buddha’s finely carved face is striking, with especially large elongated eyes and brows. Elaborate draping and folds on the robe are emphasized with gilded scrolling and beading i ...click for details


Buddha Shakyamuni Chinese Mid Qing

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Sculpture: Pre 1837 VR   item# 1076254 (stock# 12-49)

Buddha Shakyamuni Chinese Mid Qing
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$1500 

This late 18th/early 19th century Chinese wood Buddha, nearly three feet tall, is carved in the Udayana image, an iconic pose used to portray the Shakyamuni Buddha. The figure, standing on a double lotus throne, gazes imperturbably out at the world with right hand extended in varada mudra, the Buddhist gesture of charity and blessings. Covering the entire wood surface are strong remains of original paint—russet , indigo and soft green define robes and throne; face, arms, hands and feet are co ...click for details


Hibiscus Wood Comedy and Tragedy Masks

Catalogue: Gifts & Home Decor: Decorative Art: Woodwork: Contemporary   item# 1074923 (stock# 19-71)

Hibiscus Wood Comedy and Tragedy Masks
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Pair $230 

The faces of comedy and tragedy are represented in this pair of masks carved of hibiscus wood by I. W. Mudano, a second generation master carver from Indonesia. Mr. Mudano, who has exhibited internationally for decades, works primarily in yellow hibiscus wood, and is recognized for his special talent in making delightful artistic use of the natural variations in the wood’s grain and shades. These masks were purchased more than 20 years ago from the carver in his studio in the small town of Mas, ...click for details


Healing Medicine Buddha with Myrobalan Fruit Offering

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Sculpture: Pre 1920   item# 998093 (stock# 12-89)

Healing Medicine Buddha with Myrobalan Fruit Offering
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SOLD 

This medicine Buddha from early 20th century Burma holds the healing fruit of the myrobalan tree in the right hand with the palm extended upward over the right knee. The left hand rests in meditation, palm upward in the lap, without the begging bowl often included in medicine Buddha figures. Variations in medicine Buddha forms may be seen throughout Asia, particularly in Burma, where the elliptical myrobalan fruit sometimes is offered from the right hand of a standing rather than sitting Buddha. ...click for details


Seated Bronze Buddha in Bhumisparsa Mudra

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Sculpture: Pre 1910   item# 981876 (stock# 10-47)

Seated Bronze Buddha in Bhumisparsa Mudra
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Silk Road Gallery
(203) 208-0771


$890 

A classic Burmese bronze Buddha from the late 19th/early 20th century, with the simple, unadorned lines of the Ava Period, is softened with roundness in the face and body. The stepped throne, rather than the traditional diamond shape, also is rounded, adding to the settled, secure look of the figure. Legacies of the traditional Ava style also are seen in the well defined brow over lowered eyes, the slight smile, and a band separating hair and forehead. It was a common practice during the 19th a ...click for details


Bronze Burmese Temple Guardian Manok-thi-ha

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Metalwork: Pre 1920   item# 978464 (stock# 31-03)

Bronze Burmese Temple Guardian Manok-thi-ha
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(203) 208-0771


SOLD 

This bronze leogryph figure with human face is from early 20th century Burma and is a variation of the Buddhist temple guardian called manok-thi-ha or manushi, names derived from the Sanskrit words for man (manu) and lion (simha). Burmese manok-thi-ha often have double rear quarters (two bums—see our catalog item 63-37). This one is single-bummed and outfitted with heavy necklace, chest ornament and lots of swirls. The fantastic manok-thi-ha, a creature from Buddhist mythology, is said to roam M ...click for details


Burmese Colonial Period Bronze Oil Lamp

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Metalwork: Pre 1940   item# 972160 (stock# 63-88)

Burmese Colonial Period Bronze Oil Lamp
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Silk Road Gallery
(203) 208-0771


$675 

A bronze oil lamp that dates to the latter years of Burma’s British colonial period (1890-1941) is built around the figure of a smiling Burman holding out a small oil receptacle. The piece, nearly two feet in height, has a decidedly art deco look, in spite of the figure’s native dress. According to Sylvia Fraser-Lu in her book, “Burmese Crafts Past and Present,” British colonial administrators had little appreciation for indigenous Burmese art but they acknowledged the superior metalworking abil ...click for details

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