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Life-Sized Burmese Dry Lacquer Buddha in Royal Attire, Early 20th Century



An outstanding lifesize early 20th century Shan Burmese dry lacquer figure of the Buddha dressed in royal attire. The royal Buddha sits upon a raised platform is vajrasana, hands in bhumiprasha mudra, calling the earth to witness his enlightenment. He is dressed in attire reserved only for the highest ranks of the Burmese courts, featuring a heavily embellished and form fitting tunic that hugs his slender body, flowing down to an equally heavy skirt that covers the legs. Remnants of gilding are visible in the crevices of his clothing. His face is youthful and calm. He stares out into the distance from almond shaped eyes, a sweet smile upon his lips. He has long, pendulous earlobes that touch his shoulders. His hair is arranged in dense rows of neat curls. Created in the dry lacquer technique (man-hpaya), this Buddha is deceptively light, being hollow, and made from almost pure lacquer. The intricate details of the Buddha's clothing is also crafted from lacquer in the thayo technique. Due to their relatively fragile nature, as compared to wood or bronze, as well as the immense amount of time required to create dry lacquer figures, surviving large-scale dry lacquer works are exceedingly rare.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 45 in. (114.3 cm)Width: 36 in. (91.44 cm)Depth: 28 in. (71.12 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1930s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading. Overall good condition. The face, hands and feet most likely repainted. With large amounts of dust and ash in the crevices of the clothing. The platform with some scratches and rubbing to the lacquer.
  • Seller Location
    Austin, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU89478270933

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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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