AGE: – Unknown – Possibly 19th
CONSTRUCTION: – Teak Wood
DESCRIPTION: – Antique Burmese Wood Carving Buddha’s Life Story – depicts scenes of the main events leading up to the Buddha’s enlightenment
HEIGHT: – 106cm
WIDTH: – 60cm
DEPTH: – Varying degrees of thickness up to 7cm
WEIGHT: – 21.25 kg.
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Antique Burmese Wood Carving Buddha’s Life Story – A rare large beautifully detailed and intricately hand carved wooden stele. The central figure of the Buddha is seen here seated on a double lotus pedestal supported by two Naga Kings and flanked on either side by Bodhisattva’s (future Buddha’s). The hand Mudra with the right-hand touching earth is representative of the moment of the Buddha’s enlightenment underneath the bodhi tree in Bodhgaya when he called the demon Mara to bear witness.
The Central Buddha figure seen here is surrounded by scenes illustrating the main great events from his mother giving birth and leading up to his enlightenment (central figure), with the Buddha in parinirvana (dying), lying on a couch surrounded by his disciples before entering into nirvana. The two-tiered base show scenes encountered by the Buddha during his lifetime, with the top tier depicting the animals that were meaningful in the life stories of the Buddha.
Other scenes on either side of this wooden carving represent the seven weeks following his enlightenment and scenes from his previous incarnations, similar to the small Pagan bronze and andagu stone stelae dating from the 11th – 13th Century, but on a much larger scale and with more life scenes.
It is rare to find a carving in such detail, and on such a large scale depicting the main events in the life of the Buddha.