A 600-year-old bronze Buddha from the old Shan capital of Pinya in northern Burma sits in padmasana position with right hand in bhumisparsa, or earth touching, mudra. The Shan, who migrated down into north Burma from Yunnan, China, established their first capital at Pinya in 1298 during Burma's early Ava Period (1287-1752). In 1364, a Shan capital was established in Ava, where the Shan stayed until 1555. This small Pinya Buddha, most likely unearthed from a stupa, is a very early example of the artistic style that merged with Indian influences in Burma and led toward the further evolution of the Ava look. The figure's prominent eyes, sweeping brows, large finial and plain robe presage classic Ava sculpture. Considering its age, this Buddha image itself is in very good condition; the throne, though, did not fare as well and about two-thirds of it is missing. For stability, the sculpture has been mounted on a removeable black metal base. Dimensions including base: height 4-3/4" (12 cm), diameter 3" (8 cm). Dimensions of sculpture only: height 3-3/4" (9-1/2 cm), width 2" (5 cm), depth 1" (2-1/2 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM.