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Wooden 17th Century Shan Burmese Temple Buddha, Shan States of Northern Burma / Myanmar

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Detail:  This unbelievable 17th Century Buddha is a classic Shan Buddha from the Shan States.  The detail and coloring are superb and the iconography is accurate for a late 17th Century date.  This Buddha sits on a throne in the Bhumisparsa mudra posture calling the earth to witness his good deeds in a previous life.  He is also sitting in the Vajrasana (diamond position).  The ushnisha is of tight curls which was originally meant to symbolize a royal turban but also a symbol of great spiritual power, wisdom and knowledge.  There is damage to the base, not uncommon in wooden temple images of this age.  The statue was acquired in the early 1950s by a gallery/museum located in Thailand’s northern province, city of Chiang Rai.  I acquired it from the gallery in 1999 and had it shipped to our location in the US.   Positioned on its own stand.  This is a phenomenal piece of art and history that deserves a special display area.  Museum quality.  For the Serious Collector.

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