The strong, primitive carving, broad face and very tall finial on this 18th century Buddha suggest that it was carved in a Mon village. The figure comes from Burma and dates to the Konbaung Period (1752-1885) when the Mon people, an ethnic minority, held some power briefly before they fled in large numbers to Thailand. This image owes its originality and charm to a village carver. Though it conforms to guidelines for representation of the Buddha, and reflects as well the popular style of the period, it is unique in its interpretation--a folk Buddha. The many coats of lacquer, however, were done using the same methods in use throughout Burma at the time. The front of the base, or throne, has a faint dedication that appears to have been quickly scratched into the lacquer surface. The base is quite worn on the bottom from what looks like water damage. In order to create a flat bottom yet preserve as much of the base as possible, a clear plastic removable mold was custom made for the piece. Dimensions: height 19" (49 cm), width 5" (13 cm), depth 4" (10 cm).