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Black Teak Burmese Sitting Buddha

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1940: Item # 899328

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A serene black vintage Buddha carved of dense Burmese teak emits a glow as a result of its lacquer treatment—first a coat of red lacquer, then a sheer top layer of black applied very sparingly so the red shines subtly through. This is a reversal of the traditional Burmese lacquer technique involving numerous coats of black lacquer covered with numerous coats of red, which produced handsome though much more formal antique pieces. The striking impact of this mid-20th century Buddha is heightened by its slightly angular and elongated carving. The face is especially sensitive, with expressive downcast eyes and the hint of a smile. This figure is in excellent condition. Dimensions: height 17 ½” (44.5 cm), width 12” (30.5 cm), depth 8 ½” (21.6 cm).