Burmese Buddha Statues - Buddhist Iconography

Burmese-alabaster-Burmese shan Alabaster Buddha Statue seated on thin waisted double lotus throne

Burmese Buddha Statues – Buddhist Iconography

Burmese Buddha statues – Buddhist Iconography from Myanmar (often referred to by its old name “Burma”) are unique. Each state of Myanmar has over the millennia developed its own style depicting the image of the Buddha, an entity different from the Buddha himself, crafted purely for devotional purposes and to give reverence to “The Enlightened One” referred to as “The Buddha”.

Within this website we are offering for sale a collection of beautiful, rare and unique antique Myanmar / Burmese Buddha statues – Buddhist iconography, crafted from various media such as Wood, alabaster, Bronze, stone and the unique to Myanmar hollow lacquer Buddha statues.

Up until the Amarapura period 1789 – 1853 AD., the Burmese Buddha statue was relatively simple and unadorned, although many were gilded, the Jambhupati Royal Crowned Buddha was the exception, adorned with a crown and jewellery. The Amarapura period was a transitional period following the 2nd and 3rd Ava Dynasty from 1618 to 1789 AD.

During the transitional period Burmese Buddha statues became more decorative with the addition of glass mosaics and thayo lacquer decoration, rarely, precious or semi precious stones were used. From the earliest times in Myanmar gold leaf was the most popular medium used for decorating not only Buddha statues but also temples and pagodas in Myanmar / Burma.

Up until the beginnings of the early Mandalay period from 1853 and into the Post Mandalay period from 1885 until 1948 during which time Myanmar was under British colonial rule some Buddha statues were influenced by the British occupation, although stylistically they remained the same and is still the most popular form of Buddha statue today in Myanmar, it is referred to as the Mandalay style.

The Mandalay Buddha statues made from wood are the most highly decorated, some with alabaster head, feet and hands, whereas the Shan Buddha statues are often plain, wearing a simple monks robe, excluding the Shan Jambhupatti Tai Yai style Buddha statue which are often shown wearing a crown and jewels and heavily decorated with Thayo lacquer and glass mosaics, influenced by the Thai Yai style of Buddha statue introduced during the Ava Period in the 17th and 18th Century.

Although there are more than 50 Mudra, the Burmese Buddha statue employ only a few of these, the most common mudra found in the Burmese Buddha Statue are the Bhumisparsa mudra, “touching Earth” it stands for the enlightenment the Buddha attained under the Bodhi tree at the moment of defeating Mara and the Abhaya Mudra, standing for “Fear Not” this mudra offers protection and tranquility.

Buddhist Iconography in Myanmar / Burma such as the rare Burmese andagu stone stele, and sandstone stele (stelae), depicting important events in the life of “The Buddha” are exquisitely and finely carved in very fine detail.

From ancient times the Burmese mastered the art of the “Lost Wax Process” and to this day beautiful bronze Buddha statues are being made and exported to countries throughout Asia and China.

Burmese Buddha statues – Buddhist Iconography not only add decorative touches to any room in your home or garden, they also give a sense of harmony, peace, and tranquility to the areas in which they are placed.

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