Buddha statue, Burma, 18th-19th centuries.
Dry and polychrome lacquer inlaid with crystals.
Measurements: 61 x 41 x 22 cm.
Sculpture in a round bundle representing the Buddha, seated in the lotus position, performing a mudra or sacred gesture with his hands, on a lavishly decorated double pedestal. The figure wears a princely robe, with embroidery, and shows various "lakshana", iconographic symbols that identify the Buddhas and bodhisattvas.
The first one we see is the hairstyle in a bun, symbol of meditation, concentrated spiritual life and wisdom. The half-closed eyelids are a symbol of spiritual concentration and also of purity, due to their similarity to the lotus petals, and complete a serene face with an outlined smile, symbol of the balance and serenity of a perfect being. The elongated earlobes allude to the large earrings worn by members of the upper classes in contemporary India to Sakyamuni, and represent the concepts of greatness, nobility, and wisdom.
With his hands he performs the bhumi sparsa mudra, or gesture of touching the Earth, which represents the Buddha taking the Earth as a witness. It represents the moment when Buddha solved the problem of ending suffering when he was under the tree in Bodh-Gaya. It is usually depicted in the images of the historical Buddha (Sakyamuni) and Asobhya, with the figure seated in the lotus position. The right hand touches the ground with the index finger near the right knee, and the left hand usually appears resting on the leg, palm up.
In the dry lacquer technique, the approximate outline of the finished sculpture is made from clay. Over this, strips of cloth which have been impregnated with lacquer sap are laid. This is then covered with further layers of lacquer sap and lacquer putty (sap mixed with sawdust), with final details finished separately and then attached. Once the layers of lacquer are set, the clay core can be removed. Lacquer has been used to make Buddha images and other objects for many centuries in Burma.
Purchased by the current owner in 2002 from an art gallery in California, USA (A.A.), before, private American collection formed before 1985.
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- Dried lacquer and gold leaf
- Buddha statue
- 61×41×22 cm
- Century/ Timeframe
- siglos XVIII-XIX.
- Good Condition, See Photo