Buddha Gautama - Wood - Bhumisparsa - Mon - Myanmar - First half 20th century

Description
Buddha Gautama - Wood - Bhumisparsa - Mon - Myanmar - First half 20th century
Reasonable condition, see description - 24×11×9 cm

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.

Lot details
Object
Buddha Gautama
Material
Wood
Period
First half 20th century
Region/ Country of origin
Myanmar
Attribution
Original
Theme/ depiction
Bhumisparsa
Title of artwork
Mon
Condition
Reasonable condition, see description
Dimensions
24×11×9 cm
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