120.0 x 96 cm
This Buddha type is typical of Burmese Mandalay-style sculpture from the mid 19th century. It is seated in the earth-touching gesture ('bhumisparsa mudra'), which has been the most popular form in Burma since the late 13th century. Typical of Mandalay-style images, the figure is solid and heavy looking, with a calm face and a slight smile. The eyebrows are naturalistic, and the elongated ears, a reminder of the Buddha’s princely origins, touch the shoulders. A thick gold band separates the forehead from the small, tight hair curls, and the Buddha’s head is surmounted by a cranial bump called an 'ushnisha' that represents the Buddha’s wisdom. The large size and rounded shape of the 'ushnisha' indicate that the image dates to the early 20th century.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, February 2012.
Jackie Menzies, Look, 'Sydney's own buddha', pg. 50, Newtown, Nov 2012, 50 (colour illus.).
British Empire Exhibition (1924), Empire Stadium, Wembley, 23 Apr 1924–Oct 1925