AGE: 18th – 19th Century Early Tai Yai Art
CONSTRUCTION: – Teak Wood
DESCRIPTION: – Burmese Crowned Shan Buddha Statue Tai Yai Art – gilded with thayo lacquer decoration
HEIGHT: – 102cm
WIDTH: – 50cm
DEPTH: – 30cm
WEIGHT: – Heavy
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Early 19th Century Burmese Crowned Shan Buddha Statue Tai Yai Art from the Aung-Pann/Aungban area in the southern part of the Shan state. This beautifully detailed carving, richly decorated with thayo lacquer represents the Buddha’s regalia, befitting that of a king. Carved open worked flanges decorated with thayo lacquer flank both side of the crown. A tall pointed finial sits in the centre of a large tiered band under the four lotus bud shaped prongs decorated with thayo lacquer.
The Buddha image is seen here seated on a high thin waisted pedestal with scrolls of thayo lacquer decoration. The rings on the fingers are carved in the shape of small flower motifs which are repeated in a larger form on both knees. Legs are crossed in the lotus sana position, hand gesture Bhumisparsa Mudra and is fully gilded.
The Shan people originally from Thailand have migrated throughout South East Asia, including China. This ethnic group are also found in Laos and referred to as Lao-Tai which include local ethnic groups known as Black Tai and Red Tai. In Assam State in India they are referred to as Tai Ahom or Tai Assam or Tai Khamti. In Vietnam they are referred to as Black Tai and white Tai with local ethnic groups known as Tai Tho, Tai Nung and various other off shoots of the original Thai people that migrated into these countries.
In Thailand they are referred to as Tai Yai which literally means “Great Tai”.
Another example of a Tai Yai Buddha Statue in simpler form.