CATALOGUE Nos. 38-39 TWO BRONZE SEATED BUDDHAS
BURMA, MANDALAY PERIOD
H. 52.5 CMS, 20 ¾ INS
H. 46 CMS, 18 INS
Two large and finely cast bronze figures of the Buddha seated in vajrasana, the right hand in bhumisparsimudra (the gesture of ‘summoning the earth to witness’) and the left resting in his lap in dhyanamudra, the face meditative and serene, wearing a sanghati with multiple cascading pleats.
For four bronze Buddhas of similar type see page 181, p.126-129 in in S. Lopetcharat, Myanmar Buddha: The Image and Its History, Bangkok: Siam International Books Co. Ltd, 2007. For a fine example of a seated marble Buddha of this type in the Victoria and Albert Museum, see no. 8 in J. Lowry, Burmese Art, London: Victoria & Albert Museum, 1974.
Provenance: (38 and 39) Private Dutch collection.