AGE: – 18th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Wood
DESCRIPTION: – Burmese Wood Arakan Style Buddha Statue
HEIGHT: – Including pedestal 56cm
WIDTH: – Pedestal 20cm x 20cm
WEIGHT: – 2.1 kg.
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18th century or earlier Burmese Wood Arakan Style Buddha Statue seated on a pedestal and mounted on a metal stand – Wood has been treated, no termites. Black lacquer with some gilding remaining, head slightly bent with a short neck, earlobes touching shoulders, wearing a plain monks robe. Earth touching attitude, stocky body in the Mahamuni style.
The Maha Myat Muni Buddha image is the most sacred and revered image in Burma and is now housed in the Mahamuni Pagoda in Mandalay, which is today a major pilgrimage site.
Although there is no evidence of the Buddha ever visiting Burma/Myanmar, legend says that the Maha Myat Muni Buddha was created in his image after he visited Dhanyawadi, the capital city of Arakan whilst on a pilgrimage with his disciples around 554 BC.
Others say that during the Buddha’s visit to Dhanyawadi, the king, Sanda Thuriya who was a devout Buddhist ordered that an image of the Buddha be cast. Upon completion of the casting, the Buddha breathed upon it, from this time on it was believed that the image became became the exact likeness of the Maha Myat Muni, one of the five likenesses of the Buddha, two were in India, two in paradise and the Mahamuni being the fifth.
King Anawrahta of Bagan in the 11th Century conquered Arakan and with the aid of elephants and 20,000 captured soldiers transported the image to Mandalay where it now sits. Today the statue has little resemblance to the original statue after hundreds of layers of gold leaf have been applied over the past few hundred years.