Ref. Number: 1077

Country: Burma

Period: 18-19th Cent.

Material: wood

Dimension: 130 cm high

Burmese Buddha

Burmese Buddha

Although Mandalay was the capital of Burma for only a brief period of 25 years (1860-1885), it was here during the reign of King Mindon that the arts of Burma came to their final flowering.

Burmese Buddha

Burmese Buddha

To assure purity and consequent strength and prosperity, King Mindon moved the capital from Amarapura to a new site a few miles to the north of the old capital at the base of a sacred hill. Tradition maintains that Gautama Buddha visited the sacred peak of Mandalay Hill with his disciple Ananda, and proclaimed that on the 2400th anniversary of his death, a metropolis of Buddhist learning would be founded on the plain below the hill. The political center of the new city had the perfect geometrical form of a Buddhist Mandala, for which the city was named, Mandalay.

Burmese Buddha

Burmese Buddha

Although the king’s actions produced extraordinary art and architecture, they were to no avail against the British military forces. In 1886, Mandalay and Upper Burma fell to the British at the conclusion of the Third Anglo-Burmese War and the last Burmese king, King Thibaw, was exiled to India.

Burmese Buddha

Burmese Buddha

This beautiful Buddha is wearing the sanghati flowing in multitudinous folds from the left shoulder, edged and decorated with black and red lacquer. He has a broad band across the forehead, and a prominent ushnisha covers his head. The face of this Buddha is youthful oval with natural eyebrows, a slightly smiling mouth and a peaceful expression.

Burmese Buddha

Burmese Buddha

Burmese art and sculpture has its basics, over which is imposed a system of techniques which takes into account and thereby enables the artist or sculptor to depict both realism and emotionalism , that is , both what the eyes see and what the mind feels.

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