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Shan State Hand Carved Buddha Statue

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Shan State Hand Carved Buddha Statue

$14,000.00
This extraordinarily expressive robed figure is either a monk or a somewhat rustic depiction of the Buddha. It I carved from Teakwood and came from Northern Thailand or, possibly, the Shan States of Burma. We consider this to be a rural piece because it lacks the usual gold leaf surface found on 19th Century religious sculptures from this part of Southeast Asia. The likely reason: lack of money. So instead of gold, the carver finished the piece by making a natural gouache of yellow minerals and applied it to the surface. The hands, face and feet were painted white –another reason to suspect a Burmese or Shan origin. The finish has weathered over time to a dull chalky wash, which is beautiful and understated. We consider this to be a very high-quality piece that transcends expected cultural patterns.
Origin | Burma
Year Made | 19th Century
Material | Teak Wood
Dimensions | 14"W x 9"D x 54"H
ID | 09T01200
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