AGE: – Pagan style pre 16th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Bronze
DESCRIPTION: – Antique Bronze Burmese Buddhist Plaque
HEIGHT: – 16.2cm
DEPTH: – 5.5cm at widest part
WEIGHT:– 1.95 Kg.
An Antique Bronze Burmese Buddhist Plaque showing two devotees flanking the pendant legged (Pralambapa – dasana posture) Buddha with feet resting on a single lotus throne, flanked on either side by his chief monks, presumably Moggallana and Sariputta. On each side of the Buddha two figures which would appear to be Nats. The bowl held by the Buddha is that of a begging bowl which is used in the gesture of meditation.
I feel this bronze is representative of the two beliefs of the time animism and Buddhism, the casting is a little on the rough side but still an impressive bronze votive plaque, there may be a repair at the base of the left hand side devotee, although this could have been done at the time of casting.
Prior to Buddhism in Myanmar Nats played a large part in the lives of the people of Burma and are still popular today. The Pagan Empire was founded by King Anawrahta in 1014 AD, he ascended the throne in 1044 AD. King Anawrahta made the decision to incorporate Nat worship alongside Buddhism, he realized by accepting Nat worship he would convert more of his people to Buddhism which would strengthen and unite the religious beliefs of his people.
Interesting article on Burmese Buddhist Imagery of the Early Bagan (Pagan) period written by Kendrick Galloway
Antique Bronze Burmese Buddhist Plaque