Burmese Buddha Statues, Chinese & Asian Antiques
- Bronze Buddha statues – Metal casting began in India around 3500 BC where the earliest know lost wax casting was perfected. Craftsmen in Burma have been making beautiful bronze Buddha statues for over a thousand years using the lost wax method adopted from India.
- Burmese Alabaster Buddha Statues – Marble and alabaster used to craft Buddha statues in Myanmar is reputed to be the hardest marble in the world.
- Burmese Wood Buddha Statues – Teak wood once in abundance in Myanmar is slowly being depleted due to deforestation. Many of the beautiful monasteries and old Buddha statues are made from teak wood. Today other types of hard wood is being used for sculpting Buddha statues and there are currently projects in Myanmar to regenerate teak wood forests.
- Burmese Hollow Lacquer Buddha Statues – Crafting a hollow lacquer Buddha statue is a lengthy process and can take more than three months to complete. They are light, easy to carry and extremely long lasting.
- Rare Buddhist Iconography – It is inconclusive as to where the rare beautifully and intricately carved eight scene andagu stone stelae originated from. Some scholars think they may have been brought from India by Buddhist monks or merchants, others believe that they could have been crafted in Myanmar..
Han Dynasty (206 B.C. – 220 A.D.) – Ming Dynasty (1368 A.D. – 1644 A.D.)
- Han Dynasty – Ming Dynasty the ritualistic practice of burying miniature objects referred to as mingqi with the departed was extremely popular during these dynasty’s. The main objective to this ritual was to provide comfort and familiarity to the deceased during his or her journey into the afterlife.
- Miniature Mingqi terracotta objects made to accompany the deceased were often those that they were attached to, loved or were relevant in their daily life, such as a miniature copy of a much loved house or animal, objects that were important to their livelihood, or just basic objects that were used in everyday living, such as wine vessels, cooking pots, tables, chairs, food offerings, bronze vessels as well as objects which gave pleasure and entertainment such as miniature dancing ladies.
- Chinese Antiques – Chinese Antique and vintage Porcelain, miscellaneous vintage and collectibles.
South East Asian Antiques & Collectibles