CATALOGUE No. 40 BRONZE SEATED BUDDHA WITH A DEDICATORY INSCRIPTION


CATALOGUE No. 40 BRONZE SEATED BUDDHA WITH A DEDICATORY INSCRIPTION

BURMA, TAI YAI (SHAN STATES)

19TH CENTURY

H. 30 CMS, 12 INS

A serene, smiling bronze Buddha seated in vajrasana, the right hand lowered in bhumisparsimudra (the gesture of summoning the earth to witness) and the left resting in his lap and holding a myrobalan fruit, the pedestal embellished with red lacquer and a dedicatory inscription, extensive traces of gilding on the surface.

The god Indra is said to have presented Buddha Sakyamuni with a myrobalan fruit (terminalia chebula) to restore his digestive system, suppressed during his long period of mediation beneath the bodhi tree.

For four similar examples see Sylvia Fraser-Lu, Buddha Images from Burma, Part II: Bronze and Related Metals, Arts of Asia, March 1981 or see the following link: https://www.lasieexotique.com/page/LasieExotique-mag_buddha_II.html

Provenance: Private Dutch collection.