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Mandalay Marble Sculpture of a Reclining Buddha - H.028
Origin: Myanmar (Burma)
Circa: 18 th Century AD to 19 th Century AD
Dimensions: 9" (22.9cm) high x 24" (61.0cm) wide
Collection: Asian
Medium: Marble


Additional Information: sold

Location: United States
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The Mandalay Period represents the last great cultural flourishing of Burmese art. The period was named after the city of Mandalay, which served as capital of Myanmar for a brief period (1860-1885 A.D.) during the reign of King Mindon. After the Anglo-Burmese Wars, northern Myanmar was shut off from the coastal areas that were controlled by the British. King Mindon founded the new capital at a sacred site at the foot of a large hill. The center of the city was designed in the perfect geometrical form of a Buddhist Mandala, giving the city its name. Although this short-lived kingdom finally fell to the British forces in 1886 A.D. during the Third Anglo-Burmese War, the Royal Guilds that created such remarkable works of art for the King remained in the city where they continued to produce sculptures in the Mandalay style.

This image of reclining Buddha emanates a sense of cultivation and grace. Its polished appearance in flowing gilt and lacquered robes and serenely reposed body cushioned against the pearly surface with an elbow and armpit support bespeaks of the Buddha's exalted and transcendental existence. Propping the head with one hand, the Buddha rests its eloquently beaded hair and ushnisa facing forward with a tranquil expression. The features are well- defined--arched eyebrows, narrow eyes outlined in black, long aquiline nose, delicate mouth and pendulant earlobes. This reclining Buddha takes on a beautiful form, with soft curves and twists in the body arranged to convey the spiritual opulence of Buddhahood. - (H.028)

 

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