20 SANDSTONE SEATED BUDDHA
17TH – 18TH CENTURY
H. 94 CMS, 37 INS
A large and important sandstone figure of Buddha, seated with his right hand lowered in bhumisparsimudra (the gesture of summoning the earth to witness) and the left resting in his lap, the face youthful and serene beneath a conical usnisha ascending to a tall lotus knop, with extensive traces of gilding and red and black lacquer on the surface.
For a similar, Ava period image in marble see P.49, page 132 in S. Lopetcharat, Myanmar Buddha: The Image and Its History, Bangkok: Siam International Books Co. Ltd, 2007.
For more on stone Buddhas from this period, see Sylvia Fraser-Lu, Buddha Images from Burma, Part I: Sculptured in Stone, Arts of Asia, January-February 1981 or see the following link: http://tinyurl.com/k5jr58u
PROVENANCE: Private German collection.