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Shan (Tai Yai) period: 1315 – 1948

Shan Buddha statue

The Tai-Shan people are believed to have migrated from Yunnan in China.
The Shan, who call themselves Tai, form one section of the large Tai ethnic group which is now believed to have spread from Southeast China through Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Burma and Assam. Shan legendsindicate that they were already in the part of Burma which they still inhabit as early as the mid 11th century. The word “Shan” comes from the same root as Siam; in Bagan they were known as the Syam.

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Buddha statues from the Shan period

Bronze Shan Buddha statue

Although there is evidence of earlier occupation, the first Shan Buddha images that were found seem to date back only to the 17th century. They have triangular faces with a broad forehead, eyebrows arched high over narrowly opened eyes, a pointed nose with triangular nostrils, pursed thin lips, large and elongated ears, and short necks. They are often seated in Vajrasana with hands in Bhumisparsha mudra. Seventeenth century Buddha statues may be placed on high, wasted lotus thrones and wear immensely tall crowns with flamboyant ear flanges.

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Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

135 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

300 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

350 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

125 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

375 euro
Antique bronze Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique bronze Burmese Shan Buddha

400 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

350 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

150 euro
Old bronze crowned Burmese Buddha statue

Old bronze crowned Burmese Buddha statue

1,600 euro
Antique bronze Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique bronze Burmese Shan Buddha

400 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

150 euro
Antique bronze Burmese Shan Buddha statue

Antique bronze Burmese Shan Buddha statue

4,000 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

150 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

125 euro
Antique bronze Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique bronze Burmese Shan Buddha

1,500 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha statue

Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha statue

3,750 euro
Antique red-lacquered Burmese offering vessel

Antique red-lacquered Burmese offering vessel

500 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

1,650 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

1,850 euro
Antique bronze Burmese Buddha statue

Antique bronze Burmese Buddha statue

1,000 euro
Antique bronze Burmese Buddha statue

Antique bronze Burmese Buddha statue

2,750 euro
Antique Buddha statue without face

Antique Buddha statue without face

175 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

250 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

175 euro
Antique Burmese Shan Buddha statue

Antique Burmese Shan Buddha statue

1,100 euro
Special antique wooden crowned Buddha statue

Special antique wooden crowned Buddha statue

5,500 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

350 euro
Antique Buddha statue without face

Antique Buddha statue without face

250 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

500 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

400 euro
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