Subject:Re: Help ID Buddhist statues
Posted By: Bill H Wed, Feb 22, 2017
Your photos show a Burmese style image of Sariputta (or Sariputra), one of the two chief disciples of the Buddha Sakyamuni, the other being Moggallana (or Maudgalyayana). Images of Sariputta, attentive with hands on his legs, usually are displayed to the Buddha's right, while Moggallana adores the Buddha from the left, with hands raised in a prayerful position. See the link for a relevant earlier thread.
Compared to Burmese images, mostly made by Shan artisans, which I was accustomed to seeing during three years in that country, the gilding on yours appears a bit unusual, almost as if it might have been applied using a can of commercial gold paint or applications of the kind of leaf that consists mainly of silvery alloy with an added thin golden veneer that tends to fade away to the silver stratum with time and weathering. I suppose it could be a sign that the image is a Thai reproduction from Chiangmai or perhaps a Burmese image used by someone who couldn't afford a purer quality of gold leaf. Then again, maybe its is just the lighting.
URL Title :Moggallana and Sariputta