AGE: – 19th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Teak Wood
DESCRIPTION: – Burmese Carved Wood Buddhist Shrine – Carved Teak wood shrine, gilded with glass mosaic and coloured glass beads, thayo lacquer decoration. Piece missing from top right hand side centre piece of the carving.
HEIGHT: – 114cm
WIDTH: – Base 77cm, second tier 57cm top tier 45cm
DEPTH: – 52.5 front to back of base
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A beautiful and intricately carved Antique Burmese carved Wood Buddhist shrine such as this are seen in Monasteries, Pagodas, and in many Burmese households in Myanmar (formerly Burma).
A small Buddha statue or representation of the Buddha is traditionally placed on the shrine with flowers and offerings to pay homage and respect to Lord Buddha. This practice serves as a daily reminder of the precepts and goals set down by the Buddha to adhere to and practice in ones daily life.
Buddhist shrines vary in style, some are highly ornate with a lot of carving and gilding whilst others are relatively plain. The style seen here is traditionally Burmese and still made in this style today.
Shrines of the Mahayana school of Buddhism will also have several other images such as the Guan Yin (Kuan Yin), the Goddess of Compassion and Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva in various forms as well as images of the Maitreya (future Buddha), whereas shrines of the Theravada school of Buddhism in Myanmar is focused solely on the Buddha image.