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Seated buddha

Seated buddha

  • Place of origin:

    Burma (made)

  • Date:

    18th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Modelled in lime composition (plaster) overlaid with <font -i>thitsi</font>-lacquer partly applied in <font -i>thayo</font> (relief moulded) ornament resembling gesso-work, and <font -i>shwei zawa</font> (goldleaf).

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Finely modelled representation of the Buddha, who gazes downwards, and is seated in the bhumisparsa-padmasana mudra (earth-touching or witness gesture seated in the lotus position) on a low pedestal encircled with scrolling lotus and foliate patterns, His left hand rests upturned on his lap. Depicted in monastic robes which leaves his right shoulder bare. It falls in folds down the front and has raised beaded decoration on the edges. His curly hair, decorated with a narrow band, rises to an unisha (top knot).

Place of Origin

Burma (made)


18th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

Modelled in lime composition (plaster) overlaid with thitsi-lacquer partly applied in thayo (relief moulded) ornament resembling gesso-work, and shwei zawa (goldleaf).


Height: 22 cm, Width: 16 cm at base

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Burmese Buddha in monastic robes seated in bhumisparsa-padmasana mudra on a pedestal decorated with scrolling lotus patterns. Modelled in plaster overlaid with thitsi-lacquer, thayo work and shwei zawa. c. 18th century.


Plaster; Thitsi lacquer; Gold leaf


Modelling; Lacquering; Gilding

Subjects depicted





South & South East Asia Collection

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