AGE: 18th Century Early Tai Yai Art
CONSTRUCTION: – Teak Wood
DESCRIPTION: – Burmese Wood Crowned Shan Buddha Statue Tai Yai Art Style – gilded with thayo lacquer decoration
HEIGHT: – 102cm
WIDTH: – 50cm
DEPTH: – 30cm
WEIGHT: – Heavy
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Early 18th Century Burmese Wood Crowned Shan Buddha Statue Tai Yai Art from the Aung-Pann area in Shan state, with beautifully detailed carving, richly decorated with thayo lacquer representing the Buddhas garment, regalia and jewels befitting a king. Carved open work flanges flank both side of the crown with a large tiered band around the forehead with lotus bud flanges surrounding a large wooden pointed finial.
Seated on a highly decorated thin waisted pedestal. The rings on the fingers are carved in the shape of small flower motifs which are repeated in a larger form on both knees. Legs are crossed in the lotus sana position, hand gesture Bhumisparsa Mudra and is fully gilded.
The Shan people originally from Thailand are spread throughout Asia and referred to as Tai people in Burma. This ethnic group are also found in Laos and referred to as Lao-Tai which include local ethnic groups known as Black Tai and Red Tai, Assam State in India where they are referred to as Tai Ahom or Tai Assam or Tai Khamti. In Vietnam they are referred to as Black Tai and white Tai with local ethnic groups known as Tai Tho, Tai Nung and various other off shoots of the original Thai people that migrated into these countries.
In Thailand they are referred to as Tai Yai which literally means Great Tai.
Another example of a Tai Yai Buddha Statue in simpler form.