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Shan Folk Buddha with Inscription

Shan Folk Buddha with Inscription


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Sculpture: Pre 1800: Item # 154386

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In Burma's remote villages, Buddha images displayed in temples and homes sometimes were the work of local artisans. The figures, created with great reverence, are humble and often quite appealing. This charming 18th century folk Buddha is from the Shan people, one of the numerous ethnic groups that make up Burma's devoutly Buddhist population. The image, carved from teak wood, was coated with several layers of black lacquer and then gilded, typical for Burmese carved wood figures. As a final step, a dedication to the Buddha was inscribed on the back of the waisted throne. The figure's hands, feet and ears are simplified forms while the face and torso are more fully modeled. The face has the traditional Shan sweeping brows, a prominent mouth and enigmatic smile. The lotus bud finial is quite high and bears the marks of the carver's tools. This Buddha is in very good condition for its age. The bottom surface of the base, which was not sealed with lacquer, shows some erosion and what could be evidence of old insect damage (see photo enlargement #10). It now is guaranteed to be stabilized and insect-free. Dimensions: height 16" (41 cm), width 4 1/2" (12 cm), depth 3 1/4" (8 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM