Figure of Buddha and his four disciples
Ava period, dated 1855 by inscription
H35cm x W23cm
This delightful ensemble shows the Buddha surrounded by his four disciples.
The front of the base inclused a charming dedicatory inscription, translated as follows:
"On Wednesday 22 December 1855 this image of the Buddha was cast. Donors are Paw Khan, his wife, and their children. May this good deed help them to get nirvana. Men and devas, please say 'Well done, well done.'"
Typical of the Ava style are the eyebrows set high on the forehead above downcast eyes, a sharply chiseled nose, and a small pursed mouth. The ears show very long lobes that touch the shoulders.The left hand with very long fingers rests palm upward in the lap.The right hand, with fingers of equal length, is in the bhumisparsa mudra touching the upper surface of the base of the throne. Light outlines of the lower robe can be seen fanning out between the legs.
The four well-known disciples could have been Sariputra, Moggallana, Ananda or Subhuti.
cfr.Sylvia Fraser-Lu & Donald Stadtner (eds.), Buddhist Art of Myanmar, New York, 2015, pp.174-5
The famous art dealer William H. Wolff, Inc., from New York sold this piece to Elizabeth (1932-2017) and Willard Clark (1930-2015) from California on 29 February 1988 (invoice)
Information on request