This provincial example of a crowned Buddha from the Ava or Inwa period is notable for its large head that rests on a very short neck. A headband supports a very elaborate headdress that is nearly half the size of the Buddha statue itself. The crown, composed of a circlet of foliate triangular blades enclosing a high chignon-like finial, derives from art at Bagan or Pagan, that was inspired by Pala period Indian art. The Ava crowned image, the ribbons, formerly seen flowing from the base of Pala-period crowns, have evolved into huge curving lateral winglike appendages that soar above the central crown and extend downward behind the ears to partially cover the shoulders. Large drooping ear ornaments spring from the lobes to touch the chest, which is also embellished with a necklace. The Buddha is seated in padmasana with His right hand in bhumisparsa mudra (earth touching gesture). Jewelry also adorns the limbs, while clothing lines are scarcely visible. Lord Buddha sits atop a double lotus throne decorated with glass mosaic.
This crowned Buddha image is referred to as Jambupati in Southeast Asia after a legend that does not appear to be part of the Indian Pali canon. The story tells of Jambupati, an overly ambitious ruler who intimidated the monarchs of neighboring states until he was humbled and converted by the Buddha, who appeared before him resplendently attired and bejeweled as a powerful universal monarch and world conqueror (cakkavatti).
This one of a kind statue was hand carved by a very talented artist of the beautiful country of Myanmar (Burma). Every piece is truly unique!
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