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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 Burmese offering vessel

Antique Burmese offering vessel

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Antique Burmese Buddha statue

Antique Burmese Buddha statue

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Antique Burmese gilded offering vessel

Antique Burmese gilded offering vessel

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Antique Burmese Lotus Buddha statue

Antique Burmese Lotus Buddha statue

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Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

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Large special Burmese Shan Buddha

Large special Burmese Shan Buddha

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Newly made Burmese offering vessel

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Large old teakwooden Buddha statue

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Antique bronze Shan Buddha

Antique bronze Shan Buddha

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Special large antique Shan Buddha statue

Special large antique Shan Buddha statue

5500 euro
Antique Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique Burmese Shan Buddha

150 euro
Antique bronze Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique bronze Burmese Shan Buddha

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Small antique Burmese Buddha statue

Small antique Burmese Buddha statue

125 euro
Top quality Burmese Shan Buddha statue

Top quality Burmese Shan Buddha statue

7750 euro
Antique Shan Buddha on throne

Antique Shan Buddha on throne

2400 euro
Old Buddha statue without face

Old Buddha statue without face

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18th century wooden Shan Buddha

18th century wooden Shan Buddha

3100 euro
Antique Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique Burmese Shan Buddha

350 euro
Antique Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique Burmese Shan Buddha

1450 euro
Antique Burmese Shan Buddha statue

Antique Burmese Shan Buddha statue

2350 euro
Antique Burmese offering vessel

Antique Burmese offering vessel

1450 euro
Antique wooden Shan Buddha statue

Antique wooden Shan Buddha statue

1400 euro
18th century crowned Shan Buddha statue

18th century crowned Shan Buddha statue

5500 euro
Antique Burmese Shan Buddha statue

Antique Burmese Shan Buddha statue

150 euro
Antique bronze Shan Buddha statue

Antique bronze Shan Buddha statue

1350 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

650 euro
Antique Buddha statue without a face

Antique Buddha statue without a face

150 euro
Antique Burmese Shan Buddha statue

Antique Burmese Shan Buddha statue

2250 euro
Antique Burmese offering vessel

Antique Burmese offering vessel

550 euro
Antique bronze Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique bronze Burmese Shan Buddha

800 euro
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