Seated Buddha in padmasana
18 th Century, late Ava period
alabaster with traces of brown & red lacquer and gilding
The stylistic qualities of this seated Buddha exemplify those that evolved during the Ava period. The face with extremely soft expression is oval to square. Sweeping bowlike brows are set high on the forehead above half-closed eyes. The nose finishes in well-defined nostrils above a small, thin lipped and smiling mouth. Large curving ears touch the shoulders. A narrow incised band separates the forehead from the hair. Originally the Buddha was completely covered with lacquer to decorate and protect the alabaster. The conical usnisha is ascending to a lotus bud finial. The Buddha is seated in padmasana (the two feet are visible) with his right hand lowered in bhumisparsa mudra (calling the earth to witness for his enlightenment) and the left resting in his lap. The fingers are of equal length. The pleats of his robe are suggestively rendered by geometric lines and a heart shape figure. His base is very finely carved and decorated with a row of pearls.
For a Buddha in similar style, see in the Victoria and Albert Museum, J.Lowry, 1974
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