Wooden Sitting Buddha – WSB0005
Burma, wooden sitting Dakkhina Sakkha Buddha in 19th century, with gold leaf and gilded lacquer. Seated in Vajrasana on a high base lotus style, his right hand lowered in bhumisparsha mudra – the gesture “ for the earth to witness ”. The Buddha figure seated in the earth touching position is very squat and heavy set, particularly when sculptured in wood. The pudding-shaped face with downcast eyes seems to merge into the shoulders as the neck is barely discernible. The hairline is scalloped to represent a lotus leaf covering. The head is crowned with a round usnisha and there is no flame finial, not even on the lacquer image. This Buddha often found in the burmese home for bringing wealth and warding off fire.