AGE: – possibly 20th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Bronze
DESCRIPTION: – Burmese Royal King Buddha statue
HEIGHT: – 29cm
DEPTH: – 12cm
WEIGHT:– 2.4 kg.
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Burmese Crowned Bronze Buddha Statue in the Mrauk-u Jambhupati style nicely incised and wearing jewels. Hand gesture bhumisparsa mudra, seated in Dhyana mudra (legs crossed) on a double lotus throne. The Buddha is seen here with a figure of the Hamsa or Hintha bird resting in the left hand. The Hamsa bird in folklore is an aquatic bird such as a duck or goose and is symbolic in Burmese and Hindu mythology, it is mentioned in the epic Hindu love story of the Ramayana and the Hamsa or Hintha bird is also the symbol of the Mon people in the Mon state and Bago region of Myanmar.
The large bulbous usnisha on this Buddha statue is typical of the Arakan style Jambhupati Buddha (Royal crowned)statues from the Rakhine state. Decorated with jewels, the usnisha often extending above the flanges of the crown and in this case decorated with lotus petals as are the flanges of the crown, seated on top of a decorative broad band around the forehead. The crown flanked by large curved flanges. The face is wide and squat with a large nose possibly emulating the face of the famous Mahatma Buddha image now sitting in the Mahamuni Pagoda in Mandalay.
Very nice patina on this bronze Buddha statue.