G648 BRONZE SEATED BUDDHA WITH A DEDICATORY INSCRIPTION


G648 BRONZE SEATED BUDDHA WITH A DEDICATORY INSCRIPTION

BURMA, TAI YAI (SHAN STATES)

19TH CENTURY

H.30 CMS, 12 INS

A finely cast bronze Buddha seated in vajrasana, the right hand lowered in bhumisparsimudra (the gesture of summoning the earth to witness) and the left resting in his lap and holding a myrobalan fruit; the face oval and framed by a band below the hairline, with a conical chignon rising to a lotus finial, the mouth set in a gentle smile, wearing a pleated sanghati and a broad sash extending down to the waist and lower back, the pedestal embellished with red lacquer and a dedicatory inscription, extensive traces of gilding on the surface.

The god Indra is said to have presented Buddha Sakyamuni with a myrobalan fruit (terminalia chebula) to restore his digestive system, suppressed during his long period of mediation beneath the bodhi tree.

For four similar examples see Sylvia Fraser-Lu, Buddha Images from Burma, Part II: Bronze and Related Metals, Arts of Asia, March 1981 or see the following link: C:\Users\Jonathan\Documents\Burmese Art\Buddha Images from Burma, Part II, Sylvia Fraser-Lu, Arts of Asia, March 1981.mht

See also p. 312, page 373 in Somkiart Lopetcharat, Myanmar Buddha: The Image and Its History, Bangkok: Siam International Books Co., 2007.

Provenance: Private Dutch collection.