Asian art

Burmese Asian Arts

Burmese Asian Arts

Asia has a vast cultural and traditional history, which is very obvious given that it is the largest continent in the world and is home to various ancient civilizations in the world. One of them is Burmese civilization. The art in this particular region of the continent has been popular over the years for its unique features and various styles of the Buddhist images and artifacts. Over the centuries, Buddhism spread from India into all corners of Asia. As it spread, it transformed into a wide variety of beliefs and practices. The art forms it inspired are well represented all over the continent. The Burmese art is particularly influenced by eastern part of the Indian subcontinent as Burma is a neighbor of India. In their sculptural tradition, the Burmese were typically conservative, initially following Indian styles and later Khmer and Thai models in their artistic structures. Burmese lacquer ware, made for use in temples and monasteries, is one of the most celebrated and popular items of Burmese arts. The Mon part of Burma is believed to have converted into a Buddhist cultural hub since as early as 200 BC.

Various Buddhist temples and monasteries in Burma house countless Buddha statuesBuddha images and Buddhist art which are particularly influenced by the Indian art of Gupta and post-Gupta period and this style spread across Southeast Asian region widely with the expansion of Mon Empire from 5th to 8th centuries. Thousands of Buddhist temples and monasteries were established in the then capital Baganbetween 11th and 13th centuries. For example, in Bagan, a 9th-century Nat temple is among the earliest examples of Burmese architecture. These temples are home to countless beautiful bejeweled Buddha statues in Mon period. Despite to occupation of the city by the Mongols in the 13th century, the creation of these valuable artifacts continued and even fostered.

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Burmese periods

Ava Period (14th to 16th century) saw the introduction of Ava style Buddha statues and images. These artifacts were peculiar due to the large protruding ears, exaggerated eyebrows that curve upward, half-closed eyes, thin lips and a hair bun that is pointed at the top, usually depicted in the Bhumisparsha Mudra.

At the end of the 18th century, the Konbaung dynasty introduced Mandalay style Buddha images and Asian arts, which is famous all over the world till now. The Buddha images depicted the Buddha with more natural, fleshy and naturally slanted eyebrows with slightly slanted eyes. Similarly other peculiar features of the statues from this period are thicker lips and round hair bun at the top. The statues in Mandalay stylecan be found in sitting, standing and reclining positions as they depict various stages in the lifetime of the Buddha. These Burmese Buddhas are found wearing flowing and draped robes.

Among the popular styles of Burmese Asian art, Shan style is a common style which was found by the ancient Shan people living in the highlands of Burma. These styles featured Buddha with angular features with a large and pointed nose structure. This style is similar to Thai style of Buddhist art for the hair bun, small mouth and thin chin of the Buddha.

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Antique throne with Buddha statue

Antique throne with Buddha statue

150 euro
Old Burmese offering vessel

Old Burmese offering vessel

250 euro
Antique wooden Buddha on Naga snake

Antique wooden Buddha on Naga snake

450 euro
Old teakwooden monk statue

Old teakwooden monk statue

40 euro
Antique Burmese temple

Antique Burmese temple

500 euro
Old wooden Buddha statue

Old wooden Buddha statue

75 euro
Special large antique Shan Buddha statue

Special large antique Shan Buddha statue

5500 euro
Antique Burmese Buddha statue

Antique Burmese Buddha statue

125 euro
Pair of old Burmese monk statues

Pair of old Burmese monk statues

575 euro
Antique wooden Buddhist temple

Antique wooden Buddhist temple

375 euro
Antique Burmese Buddha statue

Antique Burmese Buddha statue

125 euro
Old wooden Burmese Buddha statue

Old wooden Burmese Buddha statue

200 euro
Antique Burmese Nat on horse

Antique Burmese Nat on horse

250 euro
Large antique offering vessel

Large antique offering vessel

1400 euro
Pair of old dancing figures

Pair of old dancing figures

650 euro
Antique bronze crowned Buddha statue

Antique bronze crowned Buddha statue

1250 euro
Old wooden Buddha statue

Old wooden Buddha statue

150 euro
Antique Burmese offering vessel

Antique Burmese offering vessel

550 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

1350 euro
Antique Burmese offering vessel

Antique Burmese offering vessel

350 euro
Old pair of monk statues

Old pair of monk statues

100 euro
Old wooden Burmese Monk statue

Old wooden Burmese Monk statue

550 euro
Pair old bronze figures - pooring oil

Pair old bronze figures - pooring oil

2200 euro
Old wooden crowned Buddha statue

Old wooden crowned Buddha statue

400 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Pagoda

Antique wooden Burmese Pagoda

100 euro
Antique Burmese Monk statue

Antique Burmese Monk statue

125 euro
Large and special bronze Arakan Buddha statue

Large and special bronze Arakan Buddha statue

8500 euro
Antique Burmese monk statue

Antique Burmese monk statue

150 euro
Old head of Burmese Puppet

Old head of Burmese Puppet

100 euro
Old wooden Buddha panel

Old wooden Buddha panel

400 euro
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