G692.3 GILDED AND LACQUERED ALABASTER SEATED BUDDHA


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G692.3 GILDED AND LACQUERED ALABASTER SEATED BUDDHA

BURMA, TAI YAI (SHAN STATES)

19TH CENTURY

H. 47 CMS, 18 ½ 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 rounded usnisha ascending to a lotus knop, with extensive traces of gilding and brownish lacquer.

Reference: For more on alabaster Buddhas from this period, see Sylvia Fraser-Lu, Buddha Images from Burma, Part I: Sculptured in Stone, Arts of Asia, January-February 1981.

Provenance: Private English collection.