Articles Burmese Buddha Statues
A collection of different types of Buddha Statues by James and Deborah Finch
Maha Muni Image is a colossal image cast in bronze and inlaid with gold. Hence, this statue became the envy of almost all of the kings of Burma. Whenever they expanded their empire, they tried to rob this holy image. Finally in the year 1784 A.D, the Burmese King Bodawphaya1 succeeded to annex Arakan into the Burmese Empire and took the holy image.
By Charlotte Kendrick Galloway
An Interesting explanation and history of the Dry lacquer technique by Mary Shepherd Slusser
Bulletin of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association, Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association. The aim of this paper is to reassess some common ideas about a particular type of Buddha image frequently found in Central Thailand during the ca. 7th-8th Centuries: the Buddhas seated in the so-called “European fashion” or “Pendant-legged”, often labeled pralambapadasana in Sanskrit………
Religious images dominate the surviving art of the great periods of South Asian sculpture, from the second century B.C. to about A.D. 1500. What remains are stone temples, stone and metal temple sculpture, and smaller religious sculpture created for personal worship
Burmese craftsman have perfected the art of sculpting Buddhist statues over the centuries from many different types of materials such as teak wood, bronze Buddha Statues, brass, marble, alabaster and the hollow lacquer type which is often under appreciated, considering that they can take several months to make. Hollow Lacquer Buddha statues are light and often times can be mistaken for wooden Buddha statues.
Buddha statues in Burma are made in many different sizes with some just a few centimeters in height to several meteres and all sizes in between. Burmese Buddha statues are often embellished with thayo lacquer decoration, glass mosaics and frequently gilded.
In all monasteries all over Burma/Myanmar, you will find many Buddha statues in each monastery or pagoda, the most common is the Buddha seated in the lotus position with soles upraised resting on the thighs, referred to as virasana posture with the right leg over the left.
Of the 37 mudras the most common hand gestures found in Burmese Buddha statues is the Bhumisparsa Mudra, “earth touching position”, where the left hand is resting in the lap with the palm facing upwards and the right hand bent over the right knee touching the earth, and the Abhaya mudra, the gesture of reassurance and protection with the right hand held upright with fingers extended and palm facing outwards.