Burmese Buddha, Buddha Statues, Buddhist Iconography
Over the past two thousand years since Buddhism was first introduced into Burma, Burmese craftsmen and sculptors have developed their own unique style of iconography and statuary which today can be seen as typically a Burmese style of Buddha and distinct from those of neighboring Buddhist countries.
Burmese Buddha statues, Burmese Iconography and many of their temples were influenced by early traders and settlers from Northern India who introduced Buddhism to Myanmar between the 2nd and 3rd Century AD, although there is some discrepancy surrounding the exact year Buddhism was introduced into Burma, some scholars believe it could have been as early as the 1st century AD.
The oldest records and examples of Buddhist art in Myanmar are from the Pyu Era from 3rd Century AD., up until the 10th Century AD., followed by the Pagan Era from 10th to 13th Century AD. Some Buddhist art and iconography in Myanmar from these two era’s show a strong Brahman/Vedic influence, especially the Buddha statue and iconography from Pagan and Arakan in the state of Rakhine situated in the North Western part of Myanmar and sharing a border with Bangladesh.
Since the Pyu Era Burmese Buddha statues and their iconography has undertaken many transformations, each state of Myanmar has developed their own unique style.
Early to late Mandalay period Buddha statues made from wood are the most highly decorated with glass mosaic, Thayo lacquer and gilded, whereas Shan statues are often plain especially the bronze statues which are shown wearing a simple monks robe, excluding the wooden Shan Jambhupati Buddha statue which are often shown wearing a crown heavily decorated with Thayo lacquer to imitate jewels and glass mosaics, many of these ornate Buddha statues are referred to as Thai-Yai style Buddha statues, influenced by their neighboring country Thailand, and their style of Buddha statue. Thai artisans were also brought into Myanmar in earlier times specifically to aid in the production of Buddha statues.
The Burmese are masters in the “Lost Wax Process” and from the earliest times to this day beautiful Burmese bronze Buddha statue and Burmese marble and alabaster Buddha statues are being made and exported to countries throughout Asia and China.
Burmese Buddha statues not only add a decorative touch to any room in your home or garden, they also give a sense of harmony, peace, and tranquility in the areas in which they are placed.
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