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Buddha in Bhumisparsa Mudra
(earth-touching gesture)


Burma/Myanmar; 16th – 17th Century
DU 1972.277; Denison University

This Buddha combines the characteristics of the Pagan period (11th-13th centuries) with those of the Ava one (16th-18th centuries). The small mouth, broad forehead, narrow waist, and rounded shoulders and chest are reminiscent of the earlier phase in Burmese sculptural styles. The small ushnisha with a flame-like protuberance and the band separating the forehead and the hairline relates to the features of later images. The almost invisible nature of the robes, the slight detailing of the cloth, and the fact that the Buddha's fingers are the same length are also characteristics of Ava period images.