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Seated buddha

Seated buddha

  • Place of origin:

    Burma (made)
    Mandalay (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    late 18th century to mid 19th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cast bronze with coloured inlay mirror work.

  • Museum number:

    IM.49-1912

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Buddha image seated in the padmasana (lotus position) with the right hand placed in the bhumisparsa (earth touching gesture) on a plain throne edged with moulding. The left hand, is placed palm upwards on his lap. The lobes of the curving ears touch the shoulder and the forehead is separated from the tightly curled hair which rises to a ushnisha by a narrow band. The monastic robe encases the left arm and knees in circular drapery folds and falls over the left shoulder while the right shoulder is bare. The head band is jewelled with minute discs of ruby coloured looking glass.

Place of Origin

Burma (made)
Mandalay (possibly, made)

Date

late 18th century to mid 19th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

Cast bronze with coloured inlay mirror work.

Dimensions

Height: 58.1 cm, Width: 30.5 cm base of throne, Depth: 25.4 cm base of throne

Object history note

This is believed to have been acquired from Mandalay by Colonel Pollard (the donor's husband) while serving in Burma in the late 19th century.

Descriptive line

Burmese Buddha image seated in bhumisparsa padmasana mudra on a plain throne edged with moulding. Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885). Cast bronze decorated with inlay mirror work. c. late 18th century to mid 19th century.

Materials

Bronze; Mirror glass

Techniques

Casting; Glass working; Inlay process

Subjects depicted

Buddhism

Categories

Religion

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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