Since the colonial period, the naturalistic style characterized by this very rare Buddha statue, with its gentle, benign expression, has come to be the quintessential icon for the Buddhist art of Myanmar. The oval face with its naturally arched brows, downward focused eyes with a slight slant and gentle smile, are typical features of Mandalay Buddhas.
Lord Buddha is seated in abhaya mudra, the meditation gesture, with His hands resting on His lap. He displays a small skull protuberance (ushnisha) and wears a monk’s robe (samghati). He bears a central urna on His forehead depicting the Buddha’s enlightenment or Buddha-hood. The urna symbolizes a third eye, which in turn symbolizes vision into the divine world. His feet are supported by a double lotus base pedestal where He sits with both legs pendant (bhadrasana).
This wood sculpture is a one of a kind statue, hand carved by the very talented artists of the beautiful country of Myanmar (Burma). Every piece is truly unique!