AGE: – 8th – 10th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Black Stone
DESCRIPTION: – Black stone Royal Crowned King Buddha Statue
HEIGHT: – 15.5cm
WIDTH: – 8cm at the widest part
DEPTH: – 4cm
WEIGHT:– 350 gms.
Black stone Royal Crowned King Buddha – Dressed in royal regalia, seated on a double lotus throne was sourced in Myanmar. This type of black stone is not commonly found in Buddhist Iconography of Myanmar and has more than likely found its way into Myanmar through a pilgrim monk, or one visiting Myanmar from the Northern part of India.
Holy relics and statues such as this small crowned Buddha statue were often placed inside the central part of a stupa. It is possible this small statue has suffered somewhat by a crumbling stupa as it would appear to have been buried.
In Myanmar a stupa is normally a bell shaped structure made from bricks which would contain Buddhist scriptures, Buddha statues or other relics of the Buddha such as a hair, tooth or bone. Relics of the physical Buddha would have earned their place in the more cherished and famous stupas such as the famous Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon and the Ananda Temple in Bagan.