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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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Condition

Lost below neck, with bottom tips of ears and very top of ushnisha also lost. Wear to paint as shown, but much of the pigment remains. Also some encrusted deposits, mainly on the nose, eyelids, and top of the head. Excellent detail remaining.

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Large 19th C. Burmese Alabaster Head of Buddha

Estimate $2,000 - $3,000Jun 20, 2018