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Burmese Hollow Lacquer Buddha Statue

Burmese Hollow Lacquer Buddha Statue
19th Century
Height: 67cm
Width: 43cm
Depth: 30cm
Weight: 2.6 kg.
#2020

Burmese Hollow Lacquer Shan Buddha Statue

Burmese Hollow Lacquer Shan Buddha Statue
18th Century
Height: 132cm
Width: 64cm
Depth: 57cm

Early Tai Yai Art Burmese Buddha Statue

Early Tai Yai Art Burmese Buddha Statue
18th - 19th Century
Height: 84cm
Width: 55cm
Depth: 24cm
Weight: 3.85 kg. #2018

Burmese Shan Hollow Lacquer Buddha Statue

Burmese Shan Hollow Lacquer Buddha statue
18th - 19th Century
Height: 48cm
Width: 37.5cm
Depth: 24.5cm
Weight: 1.55 kg.
#2012

Burmese Hollow Lacquer Buddha Statue

Burmese Hollow Lacquer Buddha Statue
19th - 20th Century
Height: 72cm
Width: 30cm
Depth: 19.5cm Weight: 2.7Kg.
#2022

Burmese Hollow Lacquer Shan Buddha Statue 19th Century

19th Century Burmese Hollow lacquer Shan Buddha Statue
Height: 109cm
Width: 40cm
Depth: 35cm
Weight: 7.3cm
#2017

Burmese Hollow Lacquer Buddha Statue Shan Style With Glass Mosaics

Burmese Gilded Lacquered Hollow Buddha Statue
20th Century
Height: 81cm
Width: 45cm
Depth: 37cm
Weight: 3.15 kg.
#2022

Burmese Jambupati Hollow Lacquer Buddha Statue 19th Century

Burmese Jambupati Crowned Hollow Lacquer Statue
18th - 19th Century
Height: 76cm
Width: 41cm
Weight: 2.2 Kg.
#013

Burmese Hollow Lacquer Buddha Statues

Burmese hollow lacquer Buddha statues referred to as man phaya – “man” meaning covering with a pasty substance or hnee phaya – ” hnee”, meaning made with bamboo strips.

The process of creating a Buddha image or other forms in dry lacquer is a lengthy process and can take up to three months to complete. Starting with the clay, it is kneaded and shaped into a rough form of the image, a coating of straw ash and water is then smeared over the clay image, after which a piece of cloth usually from the robe of a monk or scarf of an elder of the family is soaked in lacquer and wound around the smeared image. Thayo plaster is then applied up to half inch to one inch over this layer.

The features of the Hollow lacquer Buddha Statue are then carved into the thayo plaster with an iron implement. When the image has dried and hardened the clay is removed by washing. The mold is then cut open to remove the clay from the less accessible areas, it is then rejoined and sealed with lacquer after which another coating of lacquer plaster with straw ash is applied.

When this coating has hardened the finishing touches are applied such as smoothing, polishing, rewashing and varnishing. The preferred ornamentation such as painting, gilding or glass mosaic decoration is then applied.

The weight of these hollow lacquer Buddha statues can be very deceiving, since they can closely resemble wood Buddha statues.

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