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Healing Medicine Buddha with Myrobalan Fruit Offering

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Sculpture: Pre 1920: Item # 998093

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This medicine Buddha from early 20th century Burma holds the healing fruit of the myrobalan tree in the right hand with the palm extended upward over the right knee. The left hand rests in meditation, palm upward in the lap, without the begging bowl often included in medicine Buddha figures. Variations in medicine Buddha forms may be seen throughout Asia, particularly in Burma, where the elliptical myrobalan fruit sometimes is offered from the right hand of a standing rather than sitting Buddha. Tibetan Buddha figures often hold a flowering branch of the medicinal myrobalan tree rather than the fruit. This Buddha is carved of teak that was lacquered first with red, than a rich dark brown using a technique that allowed the red to show through. Bits of gold leaf were applied to the figure, most likely by devout worshipers. Detailing on the right shoulder, the robe lappet and hem and on the low lotus throne were molded with thayo, lacquer thickened with ash that hardens to mimic the strength of wood. This Mandalay Buddha has a narrow crack in front of base (see photos # 1 and # 12); otherwise it is in very good condition. Dimensions: height 14” (36 cm), width 11” (28 cm), depth 8” (20 cm).