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Standing figure of the buddha

  • Place of origin:

    Burma (made)

  • Date:

    late 18th century - early 19th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved in teak, overlaid with black thitsi-lacquer (Melanorrhoea usitat) and gilt. Partly decorated in the relief moulded thayo and glass inlay hman-zi shwei-cha technique.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Charles H. Murray

  • Museum number:

    IM.19-1912

  • Gallery location:

    Buddhism, Room 47f, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Galleries of Buddhist Art, case 6

Physical description

This image depicts the standing Buddha dressed in the robes of a Burmese monk - open mode of bare right shoulder with a partial covering by the third garment falling in cascades down the front and ending in voluminous folds which his hand holds open on his left side. His right hand is placed across his chest. His hair, the sparkling fillet and unisha resemble a close fitting cap finishing in a bulbous finial. He stands on an open lotus bud which is in turn supported by an elaborate sparkling waisted octagonal base.

Place of Origin

Burma (made)

Date

late 18th century - early 19th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

Carved in teak, overlaid with black thitsi-lacquer (Melanorrhoea usitat) and gilt. Partly decorated in the relief moulded thayo and glass inlay hman-zi shwei-cha technique.

Dimensions

Height: 213 cm overall, Height: 156 cm of Buddha, Width: 62 cm at widest part, Weight: 100 kg

Descriptive line

Burmese teak lacquered and gilded Buddha. Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885). Depicted standing in monk's robes on an elaborate base partly decorated with mirror work, late 18th/early 19th century.

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


Clarke, John: Arts of Asia, vol. 45, no. 5, September - October 2015, "The Buddha image in Asia: Phase One of the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Galleries of Buddhist Art", p.119, pl. 11.

Labels and date

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Standing Buddha
1700–1800
Theravada Buddhism came to dominate Burma and most
of mainland Southeast Asia. At the heart of its teachings
is the personal quest to achieve enlightenment. The
Buddha himself is seen as the supreme model for this
and so images of the Buddha are especially important
in Theravada countries. Wearing the robes of a Burmese
monk, this Buddha presses his right hand to his chest in
the gesture of compassion, or maha karuna mudra.
Myanmar (Burma)
Teak, lacquered and gilded, with coloured glass
Museum no. IM.19-1912 [03/08/2015]

Production Note

This sculpture was reportedly obtained from the Moulmein Pagoda in Amherst, between 1840-1845 by a captain in the sevice of the East India Company. This may have in fact been the Kyaikthanlan Pagoda at Moulmein which R. Kipling famously described as the Moulmein Pagoda.

Materials

Teak; Thitsi lacquer; Gold-leaf; Clay; Ash; Glass; Pigment

Techniques

Carving; Gilding; Colouring; Glass-working

Categories

Sculpture; Buddhism

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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