AGE: – Early 19th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Alabaster
DESCRIPTION: – 18th Century Shan Standing Alabaster Buddha Statue, traces of lacquer and gilt remain, good condition
HEIGHT: – 99cm
WIDTH: – 31cm
DEPTH: – 20cm
WEIGHT: – very heavy
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A beautiful early 19th Century Shan Standing Alabaster Buddha Statue in the Shwe-Bo style with the right hand gesture is in the Maha Karuna Mudra, the gesture of great compassion. The Maha Karuna Mudra is seen mostly in standing up Buddha images from Myanmar/Burma and very rarely seen in Buddha statues from other Buddhist countries.
This Buddha statue is seen here standing on a single lotus pedestal with a four tiered decorative incised crown on top of an incised band around the forehead. A large rounded finial sits on top of the crown with decorative carved flanges on both sides of the head and shoulders. Two large decorative incised earrings hang over the shoulders of each ear. The edge of the robe is nicely carved in a wavy style which could have only been accomplished by a master craftsman. Incised patters on the upper arms and upper body represent jewels worn by a King Buddha also referred to as a Jambhupati Buddha.
This Buddha statue is from the Shwe Bo area in the city of Sagaing, a Region of Mandalay located 103 km north-west of Mandalay on the eastern bank of the Chindwin River. The Shwe Bo area was the native town of King Alaungpaya, the founder of the Kone Baung Dynasty and was the royal capital of Burma between 1760 and 1764.