stunning ANTIQUE Lacquered life-size Gilt Wood Buddha statue with inlay
ANTIQUE Maitreya Buddha Lacquered Gilt Wood statue with inlay, Burma, circa
Mandalay temple style standing Buddha, depicted with hand poised
This is an amazingly beautiful work of art. The carvings are quite delicate.
The patina is stunning. The Buddha is holding a lotus bud. His stance and
expression are very gentle and peaceful.
With its oval face, elongated arms and fingers, and carefully chiseled
drapery, this wood-carved and gilded Buddha image from Burma is characteristic
of a style that developed in Mandalay in the late eighteenth and early
nineteenth centuries. Gilding of Buddha images, considered a meritorious act,
is applied using lacquer made from tree sap, which is sometimes mixed with a
red pigment made from cinnabar. Lacquer is also used to sculpt the curls of the
Buddha’s hair and his ushnisha (a cranial protuberance signifying his status as
an enlightened being). There is a similar mudra example exhibited at the Buddha
Bar in Paris, France.
Mandalay Buddha images were made from various kinds of materials. Most adorned
images were made from wood as this one is, alabaster, or cast in bronze. The
head, hands and feet could be in marble, the torso would be of wood with a
costume painted in lacquer, decorated with gilt and inlaid with colored mirror
glass, as this one is. A very small number of papier mache (Pra Prong) images
have been found which have been painted with black lacquer. The faces of the
images were beautified in various ways. Some were painted white, some were
gilded and some simply showed the surface of the original materials from which
the face was made. It was typical for the Buddha of this period to have an
oval-shaped face with a thick rim, human-like facial features, except the ears
which were elongated to the shoulders, a slender body (Ramayana
influenced), adorned with only a plain monk’s robe across the left shoulder
also lacquered and painted with Chad (red color) and gilded and finally inlaid
with colored mirror glass, and the standing position Buddha statues would have
the right hand showing a gesture - many had the right hand pendant with the
palm turned outwards similar to the Pang Prathan Phorn gesture (the Varada
Mudra or gift bestowing gesture) or the Pang Perd Lok (open to the three
Height including pedestal: 70.5"
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