Buddha Figurine taking the Earth as witness (Bhumisparsha Mudra), Mandalay, 19th century or maybe older, given the glass inserts in the base.
The base is ornamented with gold foil on both sides, with a deity on the right and a monk on the left.
A piece of clay is in the head, it produces a sound each time the figurine is moved.
The technique used here is that of dry lacquer, or hollowed lacquer, named man-yun. Lacquer is applied on a sculpture in clay, once the lacquer paste is completely dry, the clay of the figurine was removed, hollowed out. Then, more layers of lacquer are applied, as well as gold foil. This technique is very spread in Burma since the 18th century, because it enabled to easily transport statues which were very light.
This figurine measures 46 cm high. Please note the very delicate and serene expression of the face.
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The largest statue crafted following this technique in Burma is a Buddha of 6 metres high, which can be carried by only a few men.
Fair condition for a figurine of that period, but the head was glued back a long time ago (have a look at the pictures).
It will be packaged with the greatest care and sent by ensured mail with track & trace via Bpost.
- lacca a secco
- XIX secolo
- Regione/paese d'origine
- Titolo dell'opera
- In discrete condizioni (restaurato), vedi descrizione
- 46×28×19 cm