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. He is seen here wearing royal regalia with a six tiered decorated incised crown with a smooth dome shaped usnisha on top. He is seated on a double lotus throne with hand gesture in Bhumisparsa mudra, wearing rings on all fingers of the right hand and on the thumb of the left hand. Large earrings seen in many of the Arakan style Buddha statues decorate the earlobes. Large incised floral medallions decorate the lower part of the crown in the centre, back and sides and again on the centre of 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. 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 royal attire one sees in these royal king Buddha statues Buddha statues bear no relation to his princely status, but instead to his
confrontation with the arrogant and haughty King Jambhupati, who lived during the time of the Buddha.
The Jambhupati style Buddha first became popular during the Pagan period and has remained popular up until this time.