Wood deteriorates quickly in the jungle of Myanmar due to moisture and insects. Which is why statues in temples are regularly repainted. Maintaining a Buddha statue is good for karma, so monks with a bucket of paint are often a little overzealous. This is exactly what happened here. Under the black paint we can see gold-plating.
The Mon from South-east Myanmar were strongly influenced by the Khmer. This can be seen in the face and ears of the Buddha. The fingers of the hand calling the earth are characteristically short.
- Buddha Gautama
- First half 20th century
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- Reasonable condition, see description
- 24×11×9 cm