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Title

Shakyamuni Buddha


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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.


Details


Other Title

Mandalay-style Buddha in Bhumisparsa Mudra


Place where the work was made

Myanmar


Cultural origin

Mandalay


Date

early 20th century


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

marble


Dimensions

120.0 x 96 cm


Credit

Gift of Amber Johnston in memory of her father, Glen Johnston 2012. Donated through the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Program.


Location

Not on display


Accession number

88.2012



Place

Where the work was made
Myanmar

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies, Look, 'Sydney's own buddha', pg. 50, Sydney, Nov 2012, 50 (colour illus.).