Extremely Rare Most Ancient Buddha
The very earliest renditions of the Buddha are of directly carved into the stone, grottos, caves, etc.. ..soon after then, portable independent stellae, group and singular stone carvings, all large and public. Metal casting provided for small and personal devotional figures, for temple and for home worship. Of any and all cast figures of the Buddha, the first were cast in India, thence, peripheral places, .. north central Burma and northern & central Thailand, some very earliest were made in both places by these Mon peoples. This ancient figure is earliest Mon, from the later 6th century or into the 7th. Attested to only one other, to my knowledge, that slightly larger and some decades later, is here, somewhere, I count among museums included, over decades, I find none. What sets these two apart is beyond the correct stone proven style, it is the unique composition of each, ..the alloy of what apparently is copper, lead, antimony and surely silver, some number of small spots of integral gold show on the surface .. not anything similar to electrum, heavy and somewhat burdened with silver or lead. The metal is malleable, not stiff or brittle as bronze, the more reason to respect its incredible condition, surface and all are natural and untouched, some part of the likely reason, it was once covered with a reddish varnish that has almost all worn off. The end of its nose has been bruised in antiquity seen in magnification. I have held possession for about 30 years, it had come from the wonderful and totally varied collection of Joseph Dunninger, Fort Lee area of N.J., posthumous, it and hundreds of other great things, came to myself from his wife over an 11 years period. This historically notable man was known for much else, yet little written knowledge of him as a having been a truly great collector is not well known, except by some strong and long established dealers, and, probably not just Americans. Further knowledge of this particular provenance can be given a buyer. There are none other for sale, and, I believe, none in museums. If you can find such, I can find a generous reward in Buddhist form. Superb condition, 4.25" high x 2.50" widest, a bit larger on its fine custom crafted stand.