Red Lacquered Mandalay Buddha
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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Sculpture: Pre 1950: item # 874036
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|A Mandalay Buddha forms the sign of the wheel of Buddhist law with right thumb and forefinger touching in vitarka mudra, symbolizing intellectual searching and discussion. A striking feature of this Buddha is the masterfully rounded modeling that gives the figure a settled, serene aura. Carved of dense, heavy Burmese teak wood,the Buddha is seated on a low double lotus throne. Thayo, lacquer thickened with bone ash, is used to create unusual scrolling over the bare shoulder as well as the robe edging and lotus detailing on the throne. This Buddha is finished in a non-traditional way—generally the carved wood figure is coated first with black lacquer, which then is partially or fully covered with red lacquer. Gold leaf then is applied either by the maker or later by worshipers. On this Buddha, there is only the cinnabar-colored lacquer, with the head showing a soft shine, and the body muted with a duller red lacquer top coating. Black lacquer was used only to seal the bottom surface of the base. The base has five small holes, probably because it was placed over prongs to keep it stabilized on the altar. Note the shine on the little finger of the right hand, worn from the repeated light touches of the devout. This is an exceptionally appealing Buddha from mid-20th century Burma. It is in excellent condition, showing only a small lacquer chip on the left eyelid and some wearing away of the top dulling layer of lacquer. Dimensions: height 15 ½” (39 cm), width 12 ¼” (31 cm), depth 8 3/4" (22.5 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM|