425 Seated Buddha with 2 Devotees

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A rimmed votive tablet (saccha) depicting Buddha between the 2 Aggasavakas - Sariputta and Moggallana. Buddha Sakyamuni sits in bhumisparsamudra with his legs crossed in virasana on a double lotus throne within a shrine with reredos. He has a downcast gaze. There are 3 concentric lines about the neck (trivalior kambugriva or shell-neck). The robe leaves the right shoulder bare. The shrine is formed by pellet pillars on a block-type pedestal, supporting a trefoil arch. Above the arch is the sikhara, amalaka, and finial with streamers. 3 pipal sprays branch out from the arch. Below the branches are the 2 Aggasavakas, half-kneeling with back knee raised, turned toward the Buddha, but with front twisted facing front with hands in namskaramudra. Each is supported by lotus stems. The reverse is inscribed with large handwritten Pali script.
Pagan
circa 12th - 13th century
Burma (Myanmar)
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Terracottta
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Provenance
votive tablet, Saccha, rimmed, Buddha Sakyamuni, bhumisparsamudra, virasana, Aggasavakas, Sariputta, Moggallana, namskaramudra, shell-neck, reredos, seated figure, devotee, kneeling figure, streamers, shrine, amalaka, sikhara, script, inscribed
Description
Fair condition; lower left rim is broken; the central figure's lower body is disfigured; some chips on the rim; some features are worn; soil adheres to parts of the surface.
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The sikhara is the upper section of the Hindu temple; the amalaka is its bulbous columnar top.
Reference
Luce. Old Burma - Early Pagan. Vol 1-3
\Luce. Phases of Pre-Pagan Burma. Vol 1-2
U Mya. Votive Tablets of Burma. Part 1-2
Singer. "Ceramic Sites in Burma", Arts of Asia. Sep-Oct 1990, pg 108-17
Huntington. Leaves from the Bodhi Tree
Karow. Burmese Buddhist Sculpture
Guy. Ceramic Traditions of Southeast Asia
Pal. Icons of Piety Images of Whimsy
Frederic. The Art of Southeast Asia: Temples and Sculpture
Hasson. Ancient Buddhist Art from Burma
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The reverse is inscribed with large handwritten Pali script.
Height
US$200.
3-3/4" (9.7 cm)
Width
2-3/4" (7 cm)
Seated Buddha with 2 Devotees
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