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A pair of kneeling bronze monks on lotus stem

Burma, Shan state 

19th century

Bronze

H33.5 and 34cm (without custom made pedestal)

Private french collection

 

The two kneeling disciples represent the monk Sariputta and the monk Moggallana, the Buddha’s two chief disciples, and would have been placed attached to the main image of the Buddha in a temple or a monastery. 

Each disciple is kneeling on a lotus bloom rising from an elegantly curved stem, the hands clasped together in anjali mudra, the serene face with almond-shaped downcast eyes below gently arched brows, flanked by elongated earlobes.

The fine, naturally grown patina shows some malachite and cuprite encrustations.

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