AGE: – 18th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Alabaster , lacquer traces of gild
DESCRIPTION: – 18th Century Burmese Alabaster Shan Buddha Statue
HEIGHT: – 43cm
WIDTH: – 30cm
DEPTH: – 10cm
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18th Century Burmese Alabaster Shan Buddha Statue seated on a double lotus pedestal with beautiful serene smile, long elongated earlobes. A bulbous finial sits on top of a large round usnisha.
Seated in lotus position with hand gesture in Bhumisparsa Mudra, the “Calling earth to witness” mudra with the right hand touching earth. This Shan Buddha statue was once gilded, now only traces of gild showing.
The rounded protuberance on top of the Buddha head means turban. The canonical texts state that the Buddha was born with a usnisha “turban head”. In sculptures of the Buddha it is the usnisha that distinguished him from monks or other people. Gandharan Buddha sculptures typically show the Buddha with a rounded usnisha with no finial.
Most of the Burmese Mon and Pyu period Buddha sculptures of Burma in the pre-Pagan period before 1044 A.D., only show the usnisha. The finial came into fashion later in Burma which was an adaptation of the Thai Buddha style. The Mandalay Buddha statue is only shown with the usnisha, no finial.