CATALOGUE Nos. 37-39 THREE BRONZE SEATED BUDDHAS


 

 

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CATALOGUE Nos. 37-39 THREE BRONZE SEATED BUDDHAS

BURMA, MANDALAY PERIOD

19TH CENTURY

H. 50 CMS, 19 ¾ INS

H. 52.5 CMS, 20 ¾ INS

H. 46 CMS, 18 INS

Three 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: (37) Private English collection. Previously in a private French collection.

(38 and 39) Private Dutch collection.