3. Wooden Shan Buddha Seated on Seven Elephants (Burma)
H. 89 cm, W. 45 cm, D. 30 cm. (H. 35”, W. 18”, D. 12”)
Black wooden image of the Buddha with the right hand in the ‘bhumisparsa mudra’ (Calling earth to witness enlightenment) position seated upon seven elephants; lacquered with gold leaf.
Shan Buddha images appear to date only from the 17th century. They have triangular faces with a broad forehead, eyebrows arched high over narrowly opened eyes, a pointed nose with triangular nostrils, pursed thin lips, large elongated ears, short necks and tall crowns.