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Standing buddha

Standing buddha

  • Place of origin:

    Burma (made)
    Mandalay (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    mid 19th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cast bronze, partially jewelled with minute discs of looking-glass.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

The Buddha stands with his monastic robes covering both shoulders and an ornate cascade of cloth falling from his left shoulder. His right hand is extended in the "pointing" gesture while his left hand pulls the lower part of the robe outward. A band separates the forehead from the tightly curled hair which rises to an ushnisha (topknot) and the feet stand on a lotus placed on a square foot stool decorated with foliate open work.

Place of Origin

Burma (made)
Mandalay (possibly, made)


mid 19th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

Cast bronze, partially jewelled with minute discs of looking-glass.


Height: 26 cm, Width: 13 cm maximum, Depth: 7.8 cm of base

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.

Historical significance: Represents the Mandalay Style dating from the period when King Mindon (r. 1853-78) moved his capital to Mandalay in 1857. Indicated by the gentle facial expression and naturalistic drapery with its "fish tail" folds.

Descriptive line

Burmese Buddha figure, in flowing monastic robes. Standing with the right hand extended in the "pointing" gesture. Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885). In cast bronze with minute disca of looking-glass. c. mid 19th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Sylvia Fraqser-Lu "Burmese Crafts" 1994, p. 96, Fig 70

British Museum Catalogue "Buddhism, Art and Faith" 1985. Fig. 232.

Production Note

Previously considered 18th century. Re-attributed to mid or late 19th century by Dr. D. Swallow. Curator, Indian Dept. Victoria and Albert Museum, 1990


Bronze; Mirror glass


Casting; Glass-working; Inlay process

Subjects depicted





South & South East Asia Collection

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