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Seated Buddha

Seated Buddha

  • Place of origin:

    Burma (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Figure of bronze, cast by the "cire perdue" process, with traces of red lacquer and gilding.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

The Bodhisattva is seated in the padmasana mudra (legs locked in the lotus position) on a high hour-glass shaped base. The right hand in bhumisparsa mudra (earth touching or witness attitude) and the left hand rests upturned in the lap in the dhyana mudra (meditating attitude).
He wears the robe of the ascetic beneath the elaborate ornaments of a Bodhisattva. The very ornate crown has six points whilst a long baluster-shaped spike rises from its centre. On each side of this crown are two flame-like wings which rest upon the shoulders of the figure and rise almost to the top of the central spike of the crown.
The figure was formerly gilt and the hair at the back painted red.

Place of Origin

Burma (made)


19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Figure of bronze, cast by the "cire perdue" process, with traces of red lacquer and gilding.


Height: 36.6 cm, Width: 13.4 cm at base, Depth: 9 cm at base

Descriptive line

Burmese sculpture depicting Buddhist bodhisattva. Konbaung Dynasty (1852-1885). Bronze with traces of gilding and lacquer. 19th century

Production Note

Previously considered Siamese.


Bronze; Thitsi lacquer; Pigment


Lost wax process; Lacquering; Gilding

Subjects depicted





South & South East Asia Collection

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