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Jambhupati Royal Shan Buddha

Jambhupati Royal Shan Buddha


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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Sculpture: Pre 1950: Item # 909778

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This crowned Shan Buddha sits in bhadrasana, or Western position, on a tall stepped throne of unusual design. The carved teak wood figure has the winged side flanges and spired crown centered with high finial that identify royal Buddha figures from Burma. Shan artisans often added Arakanese accoutrements such as long ear pieces and ornate epaulets and chest ornaments to jambhupati (crowned) Buddha but this one has none of those; instead, the artisan provided a striking throne that nicely balances the wide royal flanges, and facilitates the relatively rare Western sitting position of the Buddha. The Buddha’s face is finely carved with prominent eyes that appear to be gazing benignly at the viewer when observed from a low angle. The well-defined lips are slightly smiling. Lack of similar detail on the hands and feet suggest that those parts of the figure may have been delegated by the master carver to an assistant. Edging on the robe, headpiece and throne is fashioned from thayo, a Burmese technique using lacquer thickened with ash that dries to the same hardness as the dense native teak wood. Thin gilding applied over the entire piece has worn to expose areas of black and dark red lacquer used to seal the wood. This dramatic mid-20th century figure is in very good condition. Dimensions: height 19 ½” (49.5 cm), width 9” (23 cm), depth 6” (15.3 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW,SILKROAD1.COM