Wooden gilded image, wearing crown and jewelry with mirror inlay.
h. 24 13/16 in., w. 6 in., d. 3 1/2 in.
Gift of Konrad and Sarah Bekker, 1986
Large Shan wooden gilded image, wearing crown and jewelry with mirror inlay (large pieces of mirror). Earth touching; waisted base with mirror inlay. Finial missing. Figure has blue and green inlay seated in 'vajraparyanka' with dexter leg over sinister and both soles facing upwards. 'Bhumisparsa mudra: Figure is slightly tilted forward on base. Fingers of each hand are equal in length, sinister hand resting flat on lap. The soles of the feet are particularly flattened. Wears an inlayed crown with missing finial. Narrow double petals carved three dimensionally. Inlay on the band only on the front side, but band carved and gilded on backside. Ear lobes curve outward, resting on the shoulders. Eyes downcast. High arching eyebrows. Large wide nose. Lips protrude. Three wrinkles in the neck. Holes in each ear indicate missing earrings and above ears missing decoration. Elaborate jewelry around neck and on arms in blue and green inlay. The inlay has been applied over an originally carved design on the wooden image and on the waisted base. Inlayed design from knees missing. Raised double edges of the robe extend over the dexter leg and onto the base. The front upper tier of the waisted base is decorated with three flower motifs of blue and green inlay. The image held relics in the back of the base. A fragment of an inscription on the back – probably in Yuan not Shan.