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Mandalay Standing Buddha

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Sculpture: Pre 1900: item # 142931

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Mandalay Standing Buddha
Nearly four feet in height, this 19th century Burmese Mandalay Buddha holds the right hand in the varada gesture to signify fulfillment of all wishes, boon granting and charity. A small fruit offering also is held in the right hand. This graceful classic figure is carved from dense Burmese teak and stands on a lotus throne. An undercoating of dark red lacquer that shows through worn areas in the gilding gives the piece an attractive patina. Large Buddha images such as this were placed above eye-level and viewed from the front and for that reason the backs of the figures seldom were gilded. The face of this Buddha is typical Mandalay style--an attractive, youthful oval with natural eyebrows, a slightly smiling mouth and a peaceful expression. The robe falls from the shoulders and is highlighted with bits of red and green mica. A wide fillet decorated with mica separates the face from the hair and unisha (protuberance on top of the head to symbolize wisdom), which are covered with slightly raised curls. As typical for this type of Mandalay Buddha, no finial tops the unisha. The Buddha is in excellent condition. Dimensions: height 45" (114 cm), width 17" (43 cm), depth 7" (8 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM

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