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Standing Shan Buddha Gesturing Wish Fulfillment

Standing Shan Buddha Gesturing Wish Fulfillment


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Sculpture: Pre 1920: Item # 886035

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An early 20th century Buddha from a Shan village in Burma wears an outer robe that flares wide at either side framing a lavishly adorned robe pulled tightly across the legs in a form fitting look originally associated with Pagan figures. The Buddha has the right hand turned palm out in varada mudra, a gesture of wish fulfillment and charity. Carved of teak wood, it is coated with dark red lacquer touched with gilding. Robe adornments were created with a uniquely Burmese lacquer process involving thayo, a special type of lacquer thickened with bone ash that dries to the hardness of wood. The Buddha’s face, while devoid of much of its gilding, still is serene, with a broad forehead, downcast eyes and a slightly upturned mouth. A tall flame finial soars above the head. The double lotus throne is made of three separate pieces of wood; usually bases are made of a single piece. The bottom surface of the base shows some separation between the sections as well as some water damage. This is a village Buddha and most likely was displayed along with other figures on an altar within a covered outdoor daimyo exposed to wind and rain. It is somewhat weathered and has a hairline crack on the back of the right shoulder. Dimensions: height 27” (69 cm), width 6 ½” (16 cm), depth 4 ½” (11 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM