BRONZE FIGURE OF A SEATED BUDDHA


Southeast Asia

 

BRONZE FIGURE OF A SEATED BUDDHA

BURMA, MANDALAY PERIOD

19TH CENTURY

H. 42 CMS, 16 ½ INS

A large and finely cast gilded bronze figure of the Buddha seated in vajrasana, his right hand in bhumisparsimudra (the gesture of ‘summoning the earth to witness’) and his 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., 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: Private German collection.