149. An alabaster figure of Buddha Shakyamuni
An alabaster figure of Buddha Shakyamuni
Birma, Shan style, 19th century
The Historical Buddha is carved in meditation posture or vajrasana on a cushion engraved with lines and placed on a simple throne. His right hand displays the earth-touching gesture or bhumisparshamudra, which he made when he called the Goddess of Earth as a witness just before attaining Enlightenment. His left hand rests in the meditation gesture on his lap. He wears a monastic robe covering only the left shoulder. His face shows a serene expression with slit eyes below slightly arched eyebrows, aquiline nose, smiling lips and elongated earlobes touching his shoulders. His curled hair dress and ushnisha were originally topped with a lotus bud.
H. 26.3 cm