AGE: – 19th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Alabaster
DESCRIPTION: – Alabaster Shan Buddha Statue from Inn-thein area of Shan state
HEIGHT: – 50cm
WIDTH: – 33cm
DEPTH: – 14cm
Burmese Alabaster Seated Shan Buddha Statue
Burmese Alabaster Seated Shan Buddha Statue seated on lotus throne with hand gesture in bhumisparsa mudra, traces of gild over the lacquer still showing.
The Shan state is in the northern east of Myanmar, it is the largest state in Myanmar (Burma). It shares a border with China, Laos and Thailand. There were nine Shan Kingdoms dating back to BC 2000, the last Shan kingdom ended when it was overthrown by the Burman King Anawrata.
Today Shan ethnic groups can be found in Yunnan, Hainan and Canton in China. They are also found in Thailand, they are called Tai Yai which means Great Tai. They can be found in Vietnam and referred to as Black Tai and White Tai. In Laos they are referred to as Lao Tai. They also migrated to India, and a number live in Assam State and are referred to as Tai Ahom, Tai Assam or Tai Khamti.