G693 AN UNUSUALLY LARGE BRONZE FIGURE OF BUDDHA


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G693 AN UNUSUALLY LARGE BRONZE FIGURE OF BUDDHA

BURMA, AVA PERIOD

18TH CENTURY

H. 55 CMS, 21 ½ INS

An unusually large and imposing bronze figure of Buddha with an attractive deep green patina, seated on an elevated lotiform pedestal with his right hand lowered in bhumisparsimudra (the gesture of summoning the earth to witness) and the left resting in his lap, the face youthful and serene beneath arched brows and a conical usnisha ascending to a lotus knop.

Reference: See P.75A and P.75B, page 141 in S. Lopetcharat, Myanmar Buddha: The Image and Its History, Bangkok:  Siam International Books Co., 2007.

For more on Ava period bronzes see Sylvia Fraser-Lu, Buddha Images from Burma, Part II: Bronze and Related Metals, Arts of Asia, March 1981.

Provenance: Private Belgian collection.