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Request for Help: Identification of a Statue

Postby Roland » Sun Jan 20, 2013 5:56 pm

Sometime last year, a person I was working with at the time said he found this statue at a store that sells items that have been donated and antiques (thrift store?). The statue had been on sale for maybe 5 years, or somewhere around that amount of time, and had been moved into the back of the store because no one wanted to buy it. I think, if I recall correctly, it was dropped off by someone. This person that I worked with ended up buying it and taking it home. Vaguely knowing some of my interests, I was asked if I could help try to figure out the origins of the statue, if it is anything significant or just an artistic creation not based on anything in particular.

I tried to research it, but came up with nothing, and more importantly I don't even know where to start with this thing. It is about 6 feet tall or so, has red eyes gazing downward, holds a golden ball in the right hand between thumb, index and middle fingers with palm facing up. The left hand faces downward as you can see. It also has a symbol in between the eyes which I am familiar with but do not know what it is called.

I did not get a look at the feet, but I was told that underneath the feet there are some markings. Maybe just an artist's signature, but I was never sent the pictures of the markings.

I'm sure there are people here that possibly have some clues or outright know what this is as I have zero experience with this sort of thing in general. Any suggestions of what or where to research? What are the origins of this statue? The "skull and crossbones" necklace is not a part of the statue.

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Re: Request for Help: Identification of a Statue

Postby PadmaVonSamba » Sun Jan 20, 2013 8:51 pm

This is a standing Buddha from Thailand. The thing on the forehead is called an urna
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urna
the ball in the hand has a lot of interpretations, but it generally refers to infinity, the universe, etc.
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Re: Request for Help: Identification of a Statue

Postby Sherab Dorje » Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:30 pm

I dunno, the crown is a feature normally absent from Thai Buddhas (well the ones I have seen, that is) . Thais really get into the whole Ramayana thing so it might be related to that, though Rama is normally shown carrying a bow. Could be another Hindu deity though.
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Re: Request for Help: Identification of a Statue

Postby PadmaVonSamba » Sun Jan 20, 2013 10:11 pm

gregkavarnos wrote:I dunno, the crown is a feature normally absent from Thai Buddhas (well the ones I have seen, that is) . Thais really get into the whole Ramayana thing so it might be related to that, though Rama is normally shown carrying a bow. Could be another Hindu deity though.
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Well, the crowns are frequently seen on various celestial beings. What this looks like is something knocked off for unsuspecting tourists, incorporating a bunch of stuff thrown in together. I'll give you a dollar for the skull & crossbones necklace.
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Re: Request for Help: Identification of a Statue

Postby plwk » Mon Jan 21, 2013 2:25 am

I think this is a replica of the famous and highly revered image of the Mahamuni (Great Sage) Buddha found in Mandalay, Myanmar. Google on it.
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Re: Request for Help: Identification of a Statue

Postby GrahamR » Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:54 pm

Dear all

The hat, mouth, spot on head, clothes do not look Thai. (so my resident expert wife says)

An urna is the red dot, more common in some Chinese statues. The pointed hat doesn't look Chinese, not to me does the Buddha

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Re: Request for Help: Identification of a Statue

Postby Sherab Dorje » Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:15 pm

plwk wrote:I think this is a replica of the famous and highly revered image of the Mahamuni (Great Sage) Buddha found in Mandalay, Myanmar. Google on it.
It is definitely inspired by the Mahamuni statue.
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Re: Request for Help: Identification of a Statue

Postby plwk » Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:18 pm

As a correction to my earlier posting, I found a site that can help explain some of the features of the picture, Mandalay influence like the right hand holding a round ball is the myrobalan fruit signifying the Buddha as a healer, the left hand normally exposing the various one to three layers of the monastic robes, the high crown on the head that looks like the Bagan style and also reminiscient of the highly revered Mahamuni Buddha...
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Re: Request for Help: Identification of a Statue

Postby Sherab Dorje » Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:27 pm

Here he is:

http://www.burmese-art.com/old-standing ... rma-708-42

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Re: Request for Help: Identification of a Statue

Postby Roland » Tue Jan 22, 2013 4:32 pm

Thank you all for your responses. They are very helpful. :twothumbsup:

PadmaVonSamba wrote:I'll give you a dollar for the skull & crossbones necklace.


Please, you are offering too much.

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