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Gilded Bronze Buddha
Burma
circa 14th-15th century or earlier

height: 14.4cm, width: 11.2cm, depth: 6.7cm

This small, finely-cast, gilded image shows the Buddha seated in sattvasana on an oval, double lotus throne. The right hand is in bhumisparsa mudra, and the
left is in
dhyana mudra. A sanghati (robe) is draped over the left shoulder. The face has a downcast, meditative expression. The hair is in tight curls and there
is a low
usnisha with a cintamani finial.

Somkiart Lopetcharat (2007, p. 109-111) illustrates several related Buddhas which also have been gilded and attributed to the 14th-15th century.

Pal (1997, p. 113) attributes a seated Buddha of similar proportions and form to 11th century Burma.

The image is in fine condition and without repairs. There is much, expected, wear to the gilding. Overall, this is a fine, early Buddha from Burma, rarely
encountered now.

References:
Pal, P.,
A Collecting Odyssey: Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Art from the James and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection, The Art Institute of
Chicago/Thames & Hudson, 1997.
Somkiart Lopetcharat,
Myanmar Buddha: The Image and its History, Siam International Books Company, 2007.

Provenance:
private collection, UK. The previous owner built up a collection of Buddha images mostly from old UK colonial sources, and did so over a long lifetime.

Inventory no.: 4589

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