AGE: – Mid 19th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Teak Wood
DESCRIPTION: – Burmese Teak Wood Royal Buddha Statue – Very nice condition, has been re gilded, glass mosaics, Thayo lacquer decoration with stone eyes
HEIGHT: – 63.4cm
WIDTH: – 49cm
WEIGHT: – 14.25 Kg.
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An exceptionally beautiful Burmese Teak Wood Royal Buddha Statue with intricately detailed robe and regalia befitting a Royal King. A tiered row of flanges decorate the shoulders, elbows and wrists. As in many of these old Buddha statues the base shows signs of repairs or possibly contained a relic and the space in which it was placed has been covered.
The Usnisha and hair curls are emphasized by thayo lacquer. Around the forehead a band of clear glass stones sit above a band of green coloured glass mosaics circling the forehead. The hands are elegant and beautifully carved. The eyes are stone. A fish scale style pattern decorates the upper body and arms with a geometric and scrolling pattern of thayo lacquer decorating the legs. Green glass mosaics and glass beads are dispersed between the thayo lacquer.
A large central medallion decorates the front of the body attached to sash’s extending to the shoulder and repeated again on the back with a smaller medallion. This style with the Buddha dressed in royal regalia and jewellery befitting a king is referred to as a Jambupati style which became popular during the Konbaung period between 1752-1819 century in Myanmar.
The Buddha dressed in royal regalia relates to the legend relating to King Jambupati, an arrogant, haughty and powerful king who ruled during the time of the Buddha’s lifetime.
There is no actual factual written evidence of King Jambupati’s existence, his existence is now only that of myth and legend. Buddha statues with crowns dressed in royal regalia appeared during the Pagan and Mrauk-u periods but were presented in a more simple form with a plain monks robe, crown and sparse jewellery around the neck and wrists.
This style also became popular in Northern Thailand and Cambodia, with each having their own distinctive style. They are a beautiful and impressive art works and are seen in a variety of styles, some with metal crowns, flanges and sash others in full alabaster or marble. During the Mandalay period the royal king Buddha was often crafted in a combination of wood and metal.