AGE: – Pagan Period 11th – 12th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Bronze
DESCRIPTION: – Early Pagan Burmese Bronze Buddha Statue – small piece broken on one corner of the base (see pictures)
HEIGHT: – 48cm
WIDTH: – 38cm
DEPTH: – 20cm
WEIGHT: – 16.15 kg.
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A rare and beautiful Early Pagan Burmese Bronze Buddha Statue with some of the original gold remaining. This is an unusual Buddha statue with a smooth lotus bud hair style. Most Burmese Buddha statues are seen with hair curls (small round bumps representing hair, with a slightly raised rounded usnisha.
This Buddha is seen here seated on a double lotus pedestal, the face shows a calm serene, slightly smiling expression, eyes are cast downwards, hand gesture in bhumisparsa mudra, dressed in a simple monks robe, typical of the Pagan style Buddha statue. The raised urna on the centre of the forehead is referred to as the “Eye of Wisdom”.
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The Pagan kingdom was at its height between 11th and 13th Century. Pagan art and Buddha statues similar to this can be seen in the alcoves of the Ananda temple in Bagan (Pagan), located South West of Mandalay in central Myanmar.