Southeast Asia, Burma, modern day Myanmar, Mandalay period, ca. 19th century CE. A larger than life-sized head of a very serene Buddha, made from a marbled white alabaster with the hair, eyebrows, and eyelids painted black. The face has downturned eyes, arched eyebrows and a large ushnisha atop the head. He also has elongated earlobes. In Burma, alabaster and marble are called sagyin, quarried in a mountain range north of Mandalay. This huge example is a beautiful evocation of the peacefulness of the Buddha, with its creamy tones inspiring meditation. Size: 9.7" W x 14.25" H (24.6 cm x 36.2 cm); 17.8" H (45.2 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection
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