ST1068 ALABASTER BUDDHA
BURMA, SHAN STATES, 19TH CENTURY
H. 49 CMS, 19 ¼ INS
A finely sculpted alabaster 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 meditative and serene beneath a conical usnisha ascending to a lotus knop, with extensive traces of gilding, red and black lacquer.
For a complete Buddha in similar style in the Victoria and Albert Museum, see cat. no. 9 in J. Lowry, Burmese Art, London: Victoria & Albert Museum, 1974. 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: From an English Country House collection.