AGE: – Late 18th – early 19th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Hollow Lacquer Technique
DESCRIPTION: – TaiYai Hollow Lacquer Burmese Buddha Statue from Shan State, gilded with thayo lacquer and glass mosaic decoration.
HEIGHT: – 84cm
WIDTH: – 55cm
DEPTH: – 24cm
WEIGHT: – 3.85 kg.
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A Beautiful early TaiYai Hollow Lacquer Burmese Buddha Statue from the Shan State in Myanmar (Burma). Hand gesture in Bhumisparsa Mudra decorated with glass mosaics and thayo lacquer decoration. Seated on a high tiered pedestal. The bulbous part of the finial shows a nicely carved ornamental lotus pattern which sits on top of the usnisha which also depicts a lotus pattern decoration in thayo lacquer. This statue has been re gilded in more recent times.
This hollow lacquer Shan Buddha statue is dressed in royal regalia with a carved lotus flower pattern around the neck of the robe front and back. Glass mosaics representing rings decorate the fingers on both hands. The style is similar to this Yai Tai art Buddha statue of the same period.
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The Burmese hollow lacquer Buddha statue has been crafted in Burma for several hundred years, in all sizes large and small. The crafting of these hollow lacquer Buddha statues are labour intensive and take a lot longer to create than a wood or alabaster Buddha statue and can easily be mistaken for wooden statues.
The TaiYai Kingdom was established after the Tai Yai people joined forces with Kublai Kahn in attacking the Myanmar Kingdom in Bagan during the 14th century.