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Rare Buddhist Stone Stele Maitreya Buddha





AGE: – Age unknown possibly pre Pagan
CONSTRUCTION: – Stone
DESCRIPTION: – Extremely Rare Buddhist Stone Stele Maitreya Buddha from Burma – age related wear

HEIGHT: – 60cm
WIDTH:– 37cm at widest part
WEIGHT:– Heavy
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Extremely Rare Buddhist Stone Stele Maitreya Buddha from Burma,with hand gesture in preaching mudra, (dharmachakrapravartana mudra). Seated with legs pendant, sometimes referred to as European fashion, with feet resting on a double lotus pedestal and a single halo framing the head.

The Buddha is seen here flanked on either side by what would appear to be a lion or other mythical creatures found in Burmese Buddhist mythology, difficult to tell due to age related wear.

The face on this Buddha statue is unusual it could possibly predate Pagan period and is possibly Mon. The Mons are credited with being the first to establish the Buddhist philosophy in Burma and the first Indianized people of Burma.

The Maitreya Buddha is normally seated and is referred to as a Bodhisattva or the future Buddha, one that is nearing enlightenment, and yet to be born. The Maitreya is often depicted seated pendant legged with both feet flat on the ground or sometimes seen with the left leg pendant with the right folded in front of the body.

Rare Buddhist Stone Stele Maitreya Buddha

Front View Burmese Mon Stone Stele
Face view Burmese Mon Stone Stele
Animal Guardian Mon Stone Buddhist Stele
Hand gesture Burmese Buddhist Stone Stele
Side view Burmese Mon Stone Buddhist Stele
Rare Burmese Stone Stele Buddhist Maitreya
Feet view Burmese Mon Buddhist Stone Stele
Left side view Burmese Mon Stone buddhist Stele
Animal Guardian Burmese Mon Stone Buddhist Stele
Back view Burmese Mon Buddhist Stone Stele

Emmanuel Guillon has written extensively on the Mons of Burma, his book beautifully translated into English by James V. Di Crocco,  “A Civilization of South East Asia” is one of the most outstanding books I have read on the subject of the early Mons.

Another book which can be viewed online written by the same author and translated into English is related to Mon beliefs “The Ultimate Origin of the World, or the Mula Muh and other Mon beliefs”

Rare Buddhist Stone Stele Maitreya Buddha
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