G644.2 BRONZE FIGURE OF SEATED BUDDHA WITH INSCRIPTION


G644.2 BRONZE FIGURE OF SEATED BUDDHA WITH INSCRIPTION

BURMA, MANDALAY PERIOD

19TH CENTURY

H. 46 CMS, 18 INS

A large, finely cast bronze figure of the Buddha seated in vajrasana, his right hand lowered in bhumisparsimudra (the gesture of ‘summoning the earth to witness’) and his left resting in his lap in dhyanamudra (the gesture of meditation); the face oval with a band below the hairline, the mouth set in a gentle smile, wearing a pleated sanghati , the front with a dedicatory inscription.

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: Private Dutch collection.