AGE: – 19th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Wood, Alabaster, metal
DESCRIPTION: – Burmese Wood Alabaster Crowned Buddha Statue
HEIGHT: – 78 cm
WIDTH:– 42 cm
DEPTH: – 30 cm
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Burmese Wood Alabaster Crowned Buddha Statue in the Mandalay Jambhupati style with a seven tiered metal crown with wooden finial, metal side flanges, ear rings and regalia. Coloured glass mosaics decorate the body, crown and front pedestal. The face, hands and feet are alabaster.
The image of the royal crowned Jambhupati style Buddha depicts a time in the Buddha’s lifetime when he came across the arrogant King Jambhupati, a king who terrorized those who served him and lacked humility and compassion for his people. The Buddha requested that King Jambhupati forsake his evil ways and instead practice kindness towards his people. Ignoring the Buddha’s request the King continued to terrorize his people.
The Buddha, in his efforts to change the King of his evil ways, one day magically appeared to him in resplendent royal attire. King Jambhupati was in awe of the Buddha’s appearance and from that day onward accepted the Buddhist precepts.
Stories such as this were meant to influence the people of the Buddhist kingdoms and South East Asia where kings were revered and held in high esteem and were thought to justify the need for the king to worship the Buddha who is referred to as the King of Kings.