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Burmese Mandalay Buddha in Royal Attire, Alabaster, Gilt Lacquer and Teak

$4,200Asking Price


A resplendent Burmese Buddha in royal attire, known as Jambupati, carved from teak, lacquered, gilt and embellished with glass "gems". The head, hands and feet carved from pure white alabaster. Mandalay Period, Burma, early 19th century. The Buddha is portrayed seated in bhumisparsha, the gesture of "Calling the Earth to Witness", signifying the moment of the Buddha's enlightenment. His slender body is dressed in royal attire. His clothing crafted of raised lacquer, gilt, and further embellished with various foil backed glass "gems". His head, hands and feet carved out of white alabaster. The Buddha's alabaster head carved with a youthful, almost feminine countenance, with almond shaped eyes and a sweet smile upon his lips. His long earlobes pieced, and would originally have been adorned with earrings. The top of his bare head undecorated, missing the metal crown that would originally have graced his head. Figures of the Buddha dressed in lavish royal attire are known as Jambupati, in reference to the legend of King Jambupati, a proud and evil king that the Buddha tried to convert to Buddhism. Initially presenting himself dressed in the patchwork robes of a monk, the Buddha was dismissed outright by King Jambupati, unworthy of his time or attention. At that moment, the Buddha transformed his robes into the royal attire of a king, astounding Jambupati and converting him, and his kingdom on the spot.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 14 in. (35.56 cm)Width: 10.5 in. (26.67 cm)Depth: 7 in. (17.78 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1820
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor structural damages. The head and feet removable. With losses to some of the tips of the clothing and missing some of the glass "jewels". A few stable cracks to the lacquer on the body. A crack to the left arm with some slight movement.
  • Seller Location
    Austin, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU894714360592

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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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