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Rare Dakkhina Sakkha Buddha 19th C

Rare Dakkhina Sakkha Buddha 19th C


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Sculpture: Pre 1900: Item # 768181

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This very unusual rotund 19th century Burmese Buddha is patterned after a statue said to be carved of the wood of the sacred Bodhi tree in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. See a photo and description of a similar Dakkhina Sakkha Buddha in the periodical "Arts of Asia" June 1981 issue in an article on Burmese Buddha figures by Burma art expert Sylvia Fraser-Lu. Nine small knob-like disks representing auspicious marks are prominent on this Buddha--one on each shoulder, elbow and knee, two on the posterior and one on the forehead. The wide face (Fraser-Lu calls it "pudding-shaped") set neckless on the rounded shoulders is a look that, at first glance, perhaps only the very devout or a collector could love. Indeed, such special Dakkhina Sakkha images generally were placed in private homes, where they were believed to bring wealth and offer protection from fire. Shoulder-length hair on the back of the head resembles dreadlocks; in the front it is shaped into scallops to resemble a lotus leaf, and on the usnisha it is similar to a coiled dreadlock. As is characteristic for Dakkhina Sakkha figures, this image is more squat and rounded than the typical Burmese Buddha statue. A brief incised inscription appears on the back of the throne and a flower is incised on the bottom surface of the base. This gilded, carved teak wood Buddha is in very good condition, with just two small cracks at the bottom and one at the top on the back of the base. Dimensions: height 11" (28 cm), width 6-1/2" (17 cm), depth 5-1/2" (14 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM