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Small 18th Century Shan Folk Buddha

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Sculpture: Pre 1800: Item # 757166

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A modest little folk Buddha with right hand in earth touching mudra sits on a red and black double lotus throne. Made of lacquered teak wood, the carving is from the Shan minority in Burma. The gilded Buddha has the downcast eyes, prominent brow, small chin and large finial generally seen on Shan figures. It most likely was displayed in a village daimyo, a covered outdoor pavilion with a stepped altar holding a number of Buddha figures of various sizes, a local gathering place for daily devotions and Buddhist festivals. The piece shows wear. An old crack in the back has been repaired and stabilized (see photo enlargements). This humble 18th century Buddha seems to embody the spirit of lives lived in a remote Shan community. Dimensions: height 10-1/2" (27 cm), width 2-3/8" (6 cm), depth 2-3/8". (SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM)