2. Mandalay Alabaster Reclining Buddha
H. 27.5 cm, W. 78 cm, D. 13 cm. (H. 11”, W. 31”, D. 5”)
Base: H. 12 cm, W. 82 cm, D. 21 cm. (H. 5”, W. 32”, D. 8”)
Alabaster reclining image of the Buddha with delicately painted features, with ornate jeweled gold leaf glass inlaid robe and pillow.
The Buddha is made of Alabaster. The hair is tightly curled with a bun shape on the crown. The face is finely chiseled, incised bow-shaped eyebrows, thin and raised. The eyes are open; the ears elongated and thin red lips. The body is covered with a red gilded and jeweled robe. The base features an inscription.
Mandalay was the capital of Burma (Myanmar) for 25 years (1860-1885). It was during this period and under the rule of King Mindon that the art and architecture flourished. Mandalay style can also be characterized by extensive use of gold leaf and inlaid glass and mirrors, which are highlights to many of the works found in the relatively dark interiors of palaces, temples and monasteries.