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Black Lacquered Pair of Monks Sariputta and Mogallana

Black Lacquered Pair of Monks Sariputta and Mogallana


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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Sculpture: Pre 1980: Item # 811124

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The monks Sariputta and Mogallana have been honored in Burmese Buddhist art as the two chief disciples of Buddha for more than 800 years, as evidenced by their images on 12th century plaques excavated at Pagan. Until the late 18th century they were most often integrated into carvings and bronzes of the Buddha. After artisans started carving and casting each of the figures separately, the pose of each monk evolved into the traditional poses seen on these black lacquered carvings, and now vary mainly in facial features and whether the robes are ornate or plain. (See stock # 11-25 on our web site for another pair in similar pose but with quite different faces, robes and angles.) The carving style and black lacquer on these two figures give them stark, simple lines. From the late 20th century, they are carved of dense Burmese teak wood. Each figure is carved from just one piece of wood except for the flat, fishtail portions of the robes that stream out on the floor behind and add stability and appeal to the silhouette. These flat pieces were cleverly attached to each figure so that they appear seamless with the larger carving. Both monks are in excellent condition. Approximate dimensions of each figure: height 12” (30 cm), width 7 ½” (19 cm), depth 10” (26 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM