AGE: – 18th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Alabaster
DESCRIPTION: – 18th – 19th Century Burmese Crowned Alabaster Shan Buddha Statue with lacquered incised royal regalia
HEIGHT: – 70cm
WIDTH: – 35cm
DEPTH: – 15cm
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18th – 19th Century Burmese Crowned Alabaster Shan Buddha Statue with detailed incised decoration depicting the royal attire, wearing royal regalia with high tiered incised crown, seated on a double lotus throne, hand gesture in Bhumisparsa mudra with rings on fingers and large earrings. Large incised floral medallions decorate the lower part of the crown and again on the robe.
Buddha statues seen dressed in princely attire are popular in Cambodian, Burma, Thailand and Laos.
Although Siddhartha Gautama who became the Buddha was a prince from the Sakya clan near the border of Nepal. The royal attire one sees in these Buddha statue bears no relation to his princely status. As a young man after leaving the palace one day he witnessed for the first time the sick, the dying and the old. Pondering on the plight of the human suffering that he witnessed, he shed his princely clothes and adopted the lifestyle of a wandering mendicant.
The Buddha statue seen wearing royal attire relates to the story of the confrontation the Buddha had with the arrogant King Jambhupati