AGE: – Early 19th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Alabaster
DESCRIPTION: – Antique Burmese Praying Alabaster Monk Statues
WIDTH: – 14cm
DEPTH: – 14cm
WEIGHT: – 15.45 kg.
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Alabaster Marble Monk Statues are evident in most monasteries and temples throughout Burma. Materials used for crafting monks statues are bronze, wood, marble and those made using the hollow lacquer technique.
Those who enter into the monastic life in Myanmar to become monks do so because it is a family expectation for young men to have some spiritual education, whilst others do so voluntarily, to seek personal spiritual advancement and to become full time monks.
Many are taken into the monastic life as children due to hardship or loss of parents, whilst others enter at the request of their parents. For many it is temporary whilst other will stay in the monastic order for their whole life.
Theravada Buddhism is the main form of Buddhism practiced in Myanmar. Some monks will abandon worldly goods, or at least worldly attachments, and will eventually become a spiritual advisers to those in their community.