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Monumental Burmese Ava Style Marble Head of the Buddha, 17th Century



A large carved, lacquered and gilt Ava style marble head of the Buddha, Burma (now Myanmar), 17th century. Originally part of what must have been a monumental Buddha sculpture, this carved marble head displays the finest qualities of the Ava style. His face is exemplary, featuring high arched brows and downcast almond shaped eyes over a long, wide nose and soft, full lips pursed into a sweet and knowing smile. The Buddha gazes serenely downwards, his cherubic face neatly framed by long pendulous earlobes (a reminder of his princely past), and a head of hair arranged in neat snail curls covering a pronounced ushnisha and topped with large flame finial rising from a lotus base. His face has been completely gilt over a layer of red lacquer which peeks through in some places, giving the illusion that the Buddha is blushing. The ears, hair, and flame finial covered in a black lacquer. Mounted on a black wood and metal stand. Measures: Height of head only 20.5 inches.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 29 in. (73.66 cm)Width: 14 in. (35.56 cm)Depth: 11.5 in. (29.21 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
    Mid-17th Century
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1650
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading. Fragment of a larger statue. Some rubbing to the gilt and wear to the lacquer. The tips of both earlobes repaired. The lacquer at the top of the ushnisha worn.
  • Seller Location
    Austin, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU89479754821

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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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