AGE: – 18th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Alabaster
DESCRIPTION: – 18th C Burmese Alabaster Shan Royal King Buddha Statue – in excellent condition – a museum piece – gilding worn in places
HEIGHT: – 67cm
WIDTH: – 44cm
DEPTH: – 18cm
WEIGHT: – 39.05 kg.
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Beautiful 18th C Burmese Alabaster Shan Royal King Buddha Statue with incised decoration depicting the royal robe. Rings decorate all fingers on the right hand and the thumb on the left hand. The ears are decorated with large bulbous earrings dropping down over the shoulders. A two tiered incised crown representing lotus flowers, with a large usnisha and long pointed finial sitting on top of a broad band circling the forehead. The head and shoulders are flanked by decoratively carved flanges. The Buddha is seen here seated on a double lotus throne, with hand gesture in bhumisparsha mudra (touching earth), and fully gilded.
The workmanship on this Royal King Buddha statue is superb, all beautifully detailed befitting that of the royal king Buddha.
This statue is from the Innwa area, situated in central Myanmar along the Ayeyarwady river 15 or 16 miles south of Mandalay. Inwa was founded in 1364 and was the ancient imperial capital of Burma from the 14th to the 19th Century. Inwa, also known as the Kingdom of Ava was ruled by a succession of Burmese kings up until 1767. In 1839 a series of large earthquakes destroyed the capital after which the royal capital was moved to Amarapura a township in Mandalay.
During this period and up until the mid to late 1700’s Buddha statues were made in great numbers to accommodate the large number of monasteries, temples and palaces that were built during that period. Today, much of the remains of this past civilization is in ruins.