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Burmese Monk Sculpture

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Burmese Monk Sculpture

This finely formed and elegantly robed figure is most likely a monk or apostle of the Buddha. It is carved from Teak, covered in cinnabar lacquer and gold leaf and decorated with glass mirror chips. The upright raised hand suggests that it may have been one of a set of two gong bearers. If correct, a similarly gilt pole would have been held aloft by the two bearers and an actual bronze gong suspended down from it. Whatever the original meaning of the sculpture, it was commissioned to be given to a temple and displayed on the main altar. Most sculptures of this age (about 100 -120 years) have had some repairs and re-gilding. We expect this one has as well but such repairs (if any) are not obvious and do not appear to be recent. The piece is of Burmese origin.
Origin | Burmese
Year Made | 19th Century
Material | Gold Leaf, Lacquer, & Teak Wood
Dimensions | 15”W x 11”D x 45”H
ID | 12T01049
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