AGE: – 18th Century (museum quality)
CONSTRUCTION: – Hollow Lacquer Technique
DESCRIPTION: – Rare 18th C. Burmese Hollow Lacquer Shan Buddha Statue, some reinforcing has been added at a later time on the base.
HEIGHT: – 132cm
WIDTH: – 64cm
DEPTH: – 57cm
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A Rare 18th C. Burmese Hollow Lacquer Shan Buddha Statue in the Tai Yai style, originating from the Inthein/Indein area of Myanmar. The Buddha is seated with the legs crossed in the Vajrasana position on top of a single lotus pedestal with hand gesture in bhumisparsa mudra, dressed in a simple monks robe.
The base of the pedestal is incised with decorative lotus petals. The body incised to show the outline of the robe and lapel. nails on both hands are marble pieces, as are the eyes. The base inside edge of the base has been reinforced for added strength.
Antique hollow lacquer Buddha statues of this age fully gilded of this size are quite rare. Hair curls are made from thayo lacquer with a broad decorative band across the forehead and extending to the top of the ears. A large wooden finial sits on top of a rounded usnisha. The colour of the hair curls appears to have been been refreshed more recently.
Inthein is a small lakeside village near Inle lake only accessible by riverboat. Inthein and its surrounds are a popular tourist destination for those who enjoy hiking or cycling. There are hundreds of old stupas and pagodas dating from the 17th century dotted all over the landscape in varying states of decay.
Hollow Lacquer Buddha statues were popular until the early 20th century when production went into decline.