BURMESE BUDDHA (LATE 18TH-19TH CENTURY), MARBLE, LACQUER, WOOD, PAINT AND GLASS, 94 X 67 X 43CM, DONATED TO THE MAITLAND REGIONAL ART GALLERY COLLECTION UNDER THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT’S CULTURAL GIFTS PROGRAM, 2009 – TAASA Review September 2012
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This article was originally found in the September 2012 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 21, Issue 3, Page 25).
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The MRAG Buddha has been lacquered and gilded, with some lacquer worn away on the Buddha’s right wrist and hand.
This may have occurred through water being poured over the Buddha by the faithful as a sign of respect and devotion.
His coloured lacquer robe is represented as a sheer covering and is draped simply from the left shoulder and across the chest...