AGE: – 19th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Alabaster
DESCRIPTION: – 18th Century Burmese Alabaster Crowned Praying Monk – Very good condition, age related deterioration of Lacquer and gild
HEIGHT: – 55cm
WIDTH: – 23cm
DEPTH: – 22cm
WEIGHT: – Heavy
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Early 19th Century Burmese Alabaster Crowned Praying Monk statue in this form is referred to as a future Buddha or Maitreya from the Second Innwa Nyaung Yan Dynasty. This style is referred to as “Celestial being with Costume”.
This rare style of praying monk shows a beautiful serene expression, with painted eyes and lips, large carved flanges and earrings commonly seen on many of the Royal crowned Buddha statues of this period and through to the Mandalay period.
The incised two tiered crown with a central medallion under a gilded dome is unusual and rarely seen. An incised ribbed style pattern with some gilding decorates the outline of the robe and flanges. The statues is in the kneeling praying posture on top of a nicely carved double lotus pedestal.
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Innwa Nyaungyan Dynasty
In 1298 in the northern part of Burma, the Shan established their kingdom at Innwa, which lasted for about seventy years with Myinzaing, Panya, and Sagaing as the capitals. The literary history of the Inwa/Innwa period (1346-1526 C.E.) lasted longer than its political history.
The dynasty of Innwa kings began with the rise of King Thado Min Bya in C.E. 1364 and ended with the overthrow of King Sithu Kyaw Htin in C.E. 1555; a span of 191 years. The literature that flourished in this period continued to grow and influence the new literary forms of subsequent periods. The literati of the Inwa Period included laymen and clergymen from various classes including royalty, aristocracy, nobility, higher clergy and commoners.
King Nyaung Yan Min, a younger son of Bayin Naung, ascended the throne of the “king of kings,” (1598-1606), following the break-up of the Hantharwaddy Empire that ruled lower Burma from 1287 until 1539. He established a new Myanmar kingdom and was one of ten subsequent kings who reigned in Innwa up until 1752. A rebellion which started in Pago/Bago resulted in the downfall of the kingdom in 1752. The most famous of the Inwa kings, Thalun (1629-1648) built the Kaunghmudaw Pagoda near Sagaing, now a popular with tourists .