AGE: 19th Century Century
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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19th Century Burmese Wood Crowned Shan Buddha Statue Tai Yai Art with beautifully detailed carving and thayo lacquer decoration, depicting royal regalia and jewels. Carved open work flanges flanking either side of the crown, large elongated earlobes, large crown and usnisha with Thayo lacquer decoration.
Seated on a highly decorated tall 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.