AGE: – Extremely Rare 10th – 11th Century – possibly earlier
CONSTRUCTION: – Bronze
DESCRIPTION: – Extremely Rare Burmese Bronze Pyu Buddha Statue
HEIGHT: – 24.5
WIDTH: – 16cm
DEPTH: – 7cm
WEIGHT: – 2.95 Kg.
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Extremely Rare Burmese Bronze Pyu Buddha Statue seated with both hands in teaching gesture “virtakamudra”, right leg crossed over the left, soles are turned upwards showing an incised curved pattern on the soles of the feet.
There were four dominant ethnic groups recorded in the early history of Burma – the Mon, Pyu, Burman and the Shan. The earliest most highly developed urban settlement of the Pyu was in Beikthano situated near Prome. The importance of Beikthano gradually faded towards the 6th century A.D., when Sri ksetra became the centre of Pyu civilization.
The Pyu, like the Burman were of Tibeto Burman origin with their own distinct language and culture. The Pyu script was based on the Brahmi based scripts of both South and North India and was used in Burma up until the 14th century.
In 832 A.D. the Nanzhao invaded and pillaged Halingyi which had previously taken Prome, at that time the chief Pyu Kingdom, then again in 835 A.D., the Nanzhao then invaded Upper Burma.
Pyu settlements remained in the area until the Pagan empire emerged in the mid 11th century, over the next four centuries the Pyu integrated into the developing Burman kingdom.