19th Century Antique Burmese Mandalay Style Standing Charity Buddha Statue - 101cm/40"
Measures - (Height) 101cm/40"
Ca. 19th century Burmese Mandalay style standing Buddha.
The enlightened Buddha, is remarkable for its realistic yet delicate delineation of the limbs and the bejewelled robe which seems to cling to the body. The garment (sanghati) covers both shoulders. Both lowered hands are in the varada mudra. This mudra offers charity, compassion and the granting of wishes. It signifies the five perfections: Generosity, Morality, Patience, Effort and Meditative Concentration, through the five extended fingers.
A very naturalistic succession of wavy folds on the surface of his body revealing the soft contours of the body underneath. His face is handsome with a slight smile and straight nose.
The Buddha has a peaceful countenance with downcast introspective eyes and a firm brow. His earlobes are stretched long from a youth spent as a prince wearing heavy gold earrings. The large ushnisha protuberance on top of his head, symbolizes his high level of spiritual development.
As is traditional with later Mandalay pieces his robes are elaborate, with the folds of the robes cascading down his torso.
The peaceful countenance of Lord Buddha exudes harmony. The carving is beautiful as you can see in the fine details of the face. Each detail is rendered perfectly.
Sculpture is in good condition for it's age. A serene and meditative piece.
Provenance: Ex- private UK Collection.
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