Burmese carved solid wood image of the Hermit Sumedha, known for lying down
and stretching his body thin before the Dipankara Buddha using his body as a
bridge so that the Buddha would not have to walk in the mud, in turn prophesied
that Sumedha would become the next Buddha. Portrayed here in this stretched-out
form with arms extend grasping his long hair with a lotus spire ornament at the
top, all covered in red/brown lacquer with traces of gold leaf remaining, later
mounted upright on a simple solid wood base.
Minor signs of wear, overall fine condition.
George & Sylvia Lu, Potomac, MD