Sculpture of a seated Buddha

Material Information

Sculpture of a seated Buddha
Series Title:
Objects of instruction : treasures of SOAS
Alternate Title:
Seated Buddha
Mr and Mrs F. Thomas Bircham bequest, 1950; once the property of King Thibaw of Burma.
Place of Publication:
Publication Date:
Alabaster with traces of lacquer, on a teak base ( medium )
H74.5 x W40.5 x D22 cm in


Subjects / Keywords:
Buddha ( lcsh )
बैठे बुद्ध
Spatial Coverage:
Asia -- Myanmar
21 x 96


The sculpture is typical of the Amarapura period (1783-1819 CE) in the use of alabaster, the rounded face and hairline, the slight upturn in the lips and extended earlobes and the placement of the ear parallel to the head. The image of the Buddha is seated in Bhumisparsa mudra, the legs folded in the lotus or Dhayanasana position, tightly crossed at the ankle and both soles visible. Traces of black lacquer remain on the robe, once probably gilded. -- The modern gilded teak throne or palin (H100 x W74 x D57.5cm) in Amarapura style was made at the Shwedagon pagoda, Yangon. The gilding is commonly known as ‘Japanese gold’, a high quality acrylic paint, less costly in material and labour than pure gold leaf applied by hand. (Text by John T. Carpenter and Yoshiko Yasumura, from the exhibition catalogue: Objects of instruction : treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Anna Contadini, Editor. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007.) ( en )
General Note:
VIAF (name authority) : OÌ„tsuki, Gentaku, 1757-1827 : 251730036
General Note:
The 'Objects of instruction : the treasures of SOAS' exhibition was funded through a generous gift from the Foyle Foundation and with the support of the Arts & Humanities Research Council.
General Note:
Source: A. Contadini (ed.), Objects of instruction : treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007. Listed as item number: 32

Record Information

Source Institution:
SOAS, University of London
Holding Location:
Brunei Gallery
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.