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Large Burmese Dry Lacquer Gilt Crowned Buddha, Early 20th Century



A truly stunning Shan Burmese dry lacquer crowned Buddha in royal attire, known as Jambupati Buddha, early 20th century, Burma. The near life sized Jambupati Buddha is portrayed seated upon a stylized lotus pedestal, hands in bhumisparsha mudra (the gesture of calling the earth to witness), symbolizing the moment the Buddha attained enlightenment. He is dressed in royal attire, with an elaborate crown upon his head, wearing a densely decorated breastplate, and adorned with jewelry. He has a sweet, youthful, heart shaped face with eyes that gaze serenely ahead. Images of Jambupati Buddha are a reminder of the Buddha's reign over both the spiritual and temporal realms. The legend behind the Jambupati Buddha states that there once lived an evil king named Jambupati, who the Buddha tried to convert. When the king saw the Buddha dressed in simple monk's robes, he dismissed him outright. On the spot, the Buddha transformed his robes into royal attire. The king was so awestruck that he immediately renounced his evil ways and became a staunch devotee of the Buddha, along with his entire kingdom. The figure is created using the dry lacquer technique (man-hpaya), a time and labor intensive technique in which individual layers or lacquer are placed over a papier-mâché or mud core, until the lacquer body is strong enough to stand on its own. Since each layer of lacquer must dry before applying the next, this process can take several months to years. During that time, the core usually dissolves, leaving the statue hollow. The fine and intricate decoration is created using a lacquer paste, called thayo. The crown is made of wood, which has been lacquered and decorated in the thayo technique.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 43.75 in. (111.13 cm)Width: 26 in. (66.04 cm)Depth: 18 in. (45.72 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1930
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor fading. The lacquer and gilt with some rubbing. The hand in the lap with some cracks at the wrist. Some scattered minor losses the they thayo decoration.
  • Seller Location
    Austin, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU89478250393

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Located in Austin, TX

Founded in 2001, Lotus Gallery offers a carefully curated selection of furniture, jewelry, sculpture and works of art spanning millennia, continents and cultures. Although it seeks out beauty in all its forms, they specialize in Asian antiquities, especially Chinese pieces from the Han and Tang dynasties and chinoiserie. Based in Austi...

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