AGE: – 18th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Alabaster
DESCRIPTION: – 18th Century Burmese Crowned Alabaster Shan Buddha Statue with lacquered incised royal regalia
HEIGHT: – 70cm
WIDTH: – 35cm
DEPTH: – 15cm
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18th Century Burmese Crowned Alabaster Shan Buddha Statue with incised decoration representing royal regalia and jewels, with six tiered incised crown under a slightly pointed smooth dome shaped finial, seated on a double lotus throne with hand gesture in Bhumisparsa mudra. Rings decorate all fingers of the right hand and thumb of the left hand with remnants of pink paint on the fingernails.
Large rounded medallions decorate each ear lobe similar to those seen in Indian/Hindu Buddhist Iconography. A large incised floral medallion decorates the centre, back and sides of the head band with another medallion decorating the robe.
The attire seen in these royal king Buddha statues bear no relation to his princely status before becoming the Buddha, but instead to his confrontation with the arrogant and haughty King Jambhupati, who lived during the time of the Buddha. Buddha statues seen dressed in princely attire are popular in Cambodia, Burma, Thailand and Laos.
The Jambhupati style Buddha was popular during the Pagan and Mrauk-U period and has remained popular up until present times.