G658.1 GILDED, LACQUERED AND INLAID WOOD SEATED BUDDHA


Sculpture

G658.1 GILDED, LACQUERED AND INLAID WOOD SEATED BUDDHA

BURMA

MANDALAY PERIOD

19TH CENTURY

H. 76 CMS, 30 INS

A large, beautifully sculpted, gilded and lacquered wood Buddha, inlaid with red, green and mirror glass, with his right hand lowered in bhumisparsimudra (the gesture of summoning the earth to witness) and the left resting in his lap, the face meditative and serene beneath a domed usnisha

For a closely related Mandalay period example in the Victoria and Albert Museum, please see cat. no. 8 in J. Lowry, 1974. For a similar wooden image see P.141, page 185 in S. Lopetcharat, 2007. For more on wood and lacquer Buddhas from this period, see S. Fraser-Lu, May-June 1981 or see the following link: http://tinyurl.com/nfj5m7t

PROVENANCE: Private English collection.