Mandalay Period, 19th Century
Bronze and silvery alloy
h. 10 1/6 in., w. 6 9/16 in., d. 5 5/16 in.
Gift of Konrad and Sarah Bekker, 1986
Mandalay period, Bhumiparsa mudra" (earth touching), originally gilded" Robe in open mode. Naturalistic treatment. Elaborate folds in drapery. Plain wide band on forehead.
Image seated with dexter leg over the sinister and both feet facing upward in 'vajraparyanka.' The silver-colored image is smooth and shiny. Making the earth-touching gesture or 'bhumisparsa mudra,' with the sinister hand resting on the heel of the dexter foot. Fingers of both hands are equal in length. Fingers and toes and nails are individually modeled. Figure is slightly tilted forward. Hair consists of tiny raised bumps with traces of coloring. Also traces of gilding on hair and entire figure. Prominent usnisa. Plain wide band across forehead with slight dip in the center of the forehead. Eyes are downcast. Wide forehead and narrow, at chin, almost triangular shape face. Long narrow nose. Left ear touches shoulder but right ear does not. Three wrinkles on the neck. Dexter shoulder is bare in the open mode. Robe is long with elaborate folds, especially in the cloth over the left shoulder. Naturalistic treatment of figure and drapery. Simple base with two tiers. Front and back section broken off and missing.