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Mandalay Gilt Wood Buddha - PH.0203
Origin: Myanmar
Circa: 19 th Century AD

Collection: Asian Art
Style: Mandalay
Medium: Gilt Wood


Additional Information: Korea

Location: UAE
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Description
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 the Buddha contains the iconographical features that are usually seen with a Buddha image, including elongated earlobes and the ushnisha at the crown of the head to symbolize his extended wisdom. Here the Mandalay style shines through the naturalistic rendering of the robe with stylistic details. - (PH.0203)

 

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