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Seated Buddha

Seated Buddha

  • Place of origin:

    Burma (made)

  • Date:

    1st quarter 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved with some incising work. Wood covered in deep reddish brown thitsi lacquer.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Royal Asiatic Society

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Representation of the Buddha as a monk seated with legs interlocked in the padmasana position with the right hand touching the earth in bhumisparsa (witness position) upon a double lotus throne. The left hand rests upturned in his lap holding a myrobolan (medicinal fruit). The hair is not articulated in curls but is smooth and is separated from his forehead by a narrow raised headband. The mendicants robe, indicated by little more than its terminating edges, is decorated down the front and leaves the right shoulder and arm bare.

Place of Origin

Burma (made)


1st quarter 19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Carved with some incising work. Wood covered in deep reddish brown thitsi lacquer.


Height: 11.5 cm, Width: 6 cm, Depth: 4 cm

Object history note

Inventoried as part of the contents of the former India Museum transferred to South Kensington Museum in November 1879. Formerly gifted to the V&A and reaccessioned in 1924.

Descriptive line

Burmese Buddha in monastic robes, seated in bhumisparsa padmasana mudra on a double lotus base whilst his left hand holds a myrobolan. Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885). Carved wood with incise work covered in thitsi lacquer. ca. first quarter of the 19th century.

Production Note

Presented to the Royal Asiatic Society on Nov. 3 1827 by Lt. Col. Hopkinson


Wood; Thitsi lacquer; Pigment


Carving; Lacquering; Incising

Subjects depicted



Religion; India Museum


South & South East Asia Collection

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