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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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See our Shan Buddha statues

Special antique bronze Shan Buddha

Special antique bronze Shan Buddha

Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

250 euro
Antique Burmese Buddha statue

Antique Burmese Buddha statue

125 euro
Antique Burmese crowned Buddha statue

Antique Burmese crowned Buddha statue

2,250 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

150 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

1,550 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

150 euro
Antique Burmese Monk statue

Antique Burmese Monk statue

150 euro
Antique wooden Shan Buddha statue

Antique wooden Shan Buddha statue

150 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha statue

Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha statue

750 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha statue

Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha statue

600 euro
Antique Burmese wooden Buddha statue

Antique Burmese wooden Buddha statue

250 euro
Antique lacquerware Buddha statue

Antique lacquerware Buddha statue

150 euro
Special antique bronze Shan Buddha statue

Special antique bronze Shan Buddha statue

Antique Burmese marble Buddha statue

Antique Burmese marble Buddha statue

1,000 euro
Old wooden Buddha statue

Old wooden Buddha statue

300 euro
Antique Burmese Shan Buddha statue

Antique Burmese Shan Buddha statue

150 euro
Large and special antique Shan Buddha

Large and special antique Shan Buddha

9,500 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha statue

Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha statue

600 euro
Antique Burmese Shan Buddha statue

Antique Burmese Shan Buddha statue

750 euro
Antique bronze crowned Buddha statue

Antique bronze crowned Buddha statue

1,250 euro
Antique Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique Burmese Shan Buddha

600 euro
Large antique bronze Buddha statue

Large antique bronze Buddha statue

12,000 euro
Antique crowned bronze Shan Buddha statue

Antique crowned bronze Shan Buddha statue

2,250 euro
Antique wooden Burmese monk

Antique wooden Burmese monk

100 euro
Antique gilded Burmese Buddha statue

Antique gilded Burmese Buddha statue

1,450 euro
Antique Burmese offering vessel

Antique Burmese offering vessel

450 euro
Antique Burmese Buddha statue

Antique Burmese Buddha statue

125 euro
Antique Burmese gilded offering vessel

Antique Burmese gilded offering vessel

1,350 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

125 euro
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