AGE: – Mid 19th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Teak wood and Alabaster
DESCRIPTION: – Burmese Mandalay Teak Wood Alabaster Buddha Statue – Thayo Lacquer decoration throughout the body, Alabaster head, hands and feet, patches of gold leaf still visible. Damage to the back of the central part of the coat (see picture) Head: – One ear missing, one ear broken and glued back. (see picture) – Head is badly scratched and age related yellowing of the alabaster (see picture) Hands: – Fingertips chipped, one broken in transit and glued back on, hands scratched (see pictures). Feet: – Intact but scratched – Hands, feet and head are detachable. Has had some restoration.
HEIGHT: – 56cm
WIDTH: – 45cm
WEIGHT: – 13 kg.
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Burmese Mandalay Teak wood Alabaster Buddha Statue – also referred to as a Jambhupati style Buddha statue with hand gesture in Bhumisparsa Mudra meaning Subduing Mara or “calling the earth to witness”.
The left hand lies in the lap in Dhyana mudra, palm facing upwards whilst the right hand is bent over the right knee with fingers lightly touching the ground. The whole body is decorated with thayo lacquer decoration in a crisscross pattern with a floral motif again in Thayo lacquer decorating the front of the pedestal.
Unfortunately, this Jambhupati Buddha statue has sustained damage to the ears and hands. Nevertheless, it is still an impressive Buddha statue with lots of character and a strong presence. The gold leaf has mostly worn away.
This particular style of Buddha statue is most commonly seen in Monasteries in the Inle lake area in the Shan State of Burma, situated south east of Mandalay and is often seen wearing a tiered gilded metal crown with flanges attached.