Ava period / Ava Buddha images from Burma

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Ava period: 1618 - 1789

Ava period Buddha statue

Ava (also known as Innwa or Ratanapura - City of Gems), situated just to the south of Amarapura on the Ayeyarwady River and located about 15 km south of Mandalay, was founded by King Thado Minpya in 1364 A.D., the youngest king at the age of 19 years ever to build a capital. At first the city was timber-walled and a year later it was brick-walled. The first Ava period with a line of 20 kings spanned 233 years, and the second Ava period with ten kings lasted over 150 years making Ava the uninterrupted longest serving capital in history. It was also briefly made capital twice in the last 19th century Konbaung dynasty when it was exposed and vulnerable to the encroachment of Western colonial expansion. In 1597 A.D., King Nyaungyan made Ava a capital for the second time, and a new golden palace was again built by his younger son King Thar-lun, the donor of the huge bulbous pagoda Kaungmudaw near Sagaing. In 1752, Ava was invaded and destroyed by Mon from the South. This old capital is now not more than a small town or a large village.

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Buddha statues from the Ava period

Buddha images from the Ava period are recognizable by the large forehead. The face was oval shaped with a pointed chin. The eyebrows were curved like human eyebrows. The eyes glazed downwards in the stat of meditation, the bridge of the nose was straight and low. The lips were small and little pointed forward with a clear cleft above the upper lip. The torso was well-built similar to the Toungoo style.

The Buddha wore a plain flap across the left shoulder with the robe draped over the shoulder. In the Ava Art period, various kinds of material were used to create Buddha images mostly depending on were the artisans that created them were living.

Those commonly employed were precious wood, bronze with a high copper content and marble painted with lacquer, and then adorned with gold.

Buddha images fashioned in sandstone were very rare.

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Old wooden standing Buddha statue

Old wooden standing Buddha statue

550 euro
Early antique Burmese Buddha statue

Early antique Burmese Buddha statue

5,500 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

1,850 euro
Large old lacquerware Buddha statues

Large old lacquerware Buddha statues

2,750 euro
Antique bronze Burmese Ava Buddha statue

Antique bronze Burmese Ava Buddha statue

2,250 euro
Antique marble Buddha statue

Antique marble Buddha statue

1,550 euro
Old Burmese bronze Buddha statue

Old Burmese bronze Buddha statue

2,900 euro
Antique set of Buddha with monk statues

Antique set of Buddha with monk statues

2,450 euro
Antique marble Burmese Buddha statue

Antique marble Burmese Buddha statue

850 euro
Old bronze Burmese Buddha statue

Old bronze Burmese Buddha statue

1,650 euro
Large and special 17th century Burmese Buddha

Large and special 17th century Burmese Buddha

29,500 euro
Special bronze Burmese Buddha statue with two monks

Special bronze Burmese Buddha statue with two monks

Very special Burmese alabaster Buddha statue

Very special Burmese alabaster Buddha statue

8,250 euro
Special antique bronze Ava Buddha

Special antique bronze Ava Buddha

8,500 euro
Special antique bronze Burmese Buddha statue

Special antique bronze Burmese Buddha statue

9,500 euro
Antique Burmese sandstone Buddha statue

Antique Burmese sandstone Buddha statue

2,850 euro
Antique Burmese Buddha head

Antique Burmese Buddha head

1,750 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Monk statue

Antique wooden Burmese Monk statue

1,950 euro
Antique bronze Burmese Buddha statue

Antique bronze Burmese Buddha statue

1,250 euro
Antique bronze Buddha statue

Antique bronze Buddha statue

750 euro
Old bronze Burmese Buddha statue

Old bronze Burmese Buddha statue

1,450 euro
Special antique bronze crowned Buddha

Special antique bronze crowned Buddha

8,500 euro
Antique bronze Ava Buddha statue

Antique bronze Ava Buddha statue

1,600 euro
Large antique lacquerware Buddha statue

Large antique lacquerware Buddha statue

3,500 euro
Special antique bronze Burmese Buddha

Special antique bronze Burmese Buddha

6,500 euro
Antique marble Buddha statue

Antique marble Buddha statue

1,750 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

3,500 euro
Antique wooden monk statue

Antique wooden monk statue

1,600 euro
Special antique Burmese Ava Buddha statue

Special antique Burmese Ava Buddha statue

5,500 euro
Antique Burmese Buddha statue

Antique Burmese Buddha statue

550 euro
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