The hands of this vintage teak Burmese Buddha are carved in a variation of the Darmachakra mudra, the gesture that represents teaching and the Buddhist wheel of law. The mudra is most often expressed with thumbs and index fingers of both hands forming separate circles. Here, the thumb and finger of the right hand encircle the middle finger of the left hand. When we found this Buddha in Burma, complex explanations about the precise meaning of this variation were not understandable to us, and we have not been able to find an explanation since then on the variation, so it remains a mystery. The face of this mid 20th century Buddha is exceptionally serene, with large downcast eyes and a broad brow that is emphasized by the straight lines of the hair. The loosely draped robe and the low lotus throne have a modest touch of decorative edging fashioned of thayo, a mixture of lacquer and bone ash used expertly by Burmese artisans. A thin coat of copper-colored lacquer allows the grain of the wood to show through and adds strength and luster to the sculpture. The piece is in very good condition. As most Buddha sculptures, it is best displayed well lighted and above eye level. Dimensions: height 12 ½” (32 cm), width 29” (23 cm), depth 6 ½” (16.5 cm).