AGE: – 19th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Wood
DESCRIPTION: – Burmese Wood Buddha Statue Thayo Lacquer Decoration – an unusual and highly decorated Burmese Buddha statue.
HEIGHT: – 56.5cm
WIDTH: – 27cm
DEPTH: – 22cm
WEIGHT: – 6.5 kilo
An unusual Burmese Wood Buddha Statue Thayo Lacquer Decoration – heavily embellishing the body with figures on the back and front in relief, with a figure of the dying Buddha lying across the back of the statue at waist level. The figure above the Buddha, I am assuming, to be that of disciples. On the front there is another figure which I thought could be a Nat figure.
Seated on a double lotus throne with hand gesture in dhyana mudra “gesture of meditation” also referred to as Samadhi or Yoga Mudra.
Relief molded lacquer (thayo) is an art form in which the craftsman in Burma excels. Lacquer is mixed with sifted paddy husk or cow dung, after which pulverized bone is added for strength, resulting in a plastic material which then becomes very pliable, it is then modeled or stamped onto the object. Thayo lacquer will adhere to basketry, wood, metal and stone. Thayo designs may be inset with glass. early glass being backed by mercury-treated foil, In the latter part of the 19th century mirror glass was used.
The workmanship is quite similar to the Burmese Kammavaca Manuscript chest. Other types of lacquer wear include Burmese offering bowls and ornamental items which also using the “Thayo lacquer technique”.