AGE: – 11th – 13th Century – Pagan
CONSTRUCTION: – Bronze
DESCRIPTION: – 11th-13th C. Shrine Pagan Bronze Buddhist Triad – Some corrosion along the length of the base front in the middle (see pictures).
HEIGHT: – 47cm
LENGTH: – 46cm
DEPTH: – 22cm
WEIGHT: – 22.05 kg.
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11th-13th C. Shrine Pagan Bronze Buddhist Triad standing on an oblong shrine. Each Buddha statue slots into a a double lotus pedestal with five devotees along the front kneeling in prayer showing reverence to the Buddha. Two slots at the back of the shrine would indicate that it once held a reredos, now missing.
All three Buddha statues show different hand gestures/mudra’s.
- The first Buddha statue hand gesture is in Verada Mudra, with the right arm lowered, extending from the body with palm facing upwards. The Verada mudra is the gift bestowing gesture of compassion, generosity and patience.
- Second Buddha Statue hand gesture is in Abhaya Mudra, the gesture of fearlessness
- Third Buddha Statue with hand gesture Dharmachakra Mudra, the gesture of teaching.
This Buddhist triad indicates a transition from the Pala tradition from India into a purely Burmese style of the Pagan era.
This shrine has obviously suffered some hardship during its lifetime, one of the back slots is damaged and the body along the front shows some layering of the metal. The lotus pedestals on which the devotees are seated are also damaged.