12th Century. Bagan. Bronze. Standing on a dias of engraved lotus flowers. Abhaya mudra - with both hands extended forward, palms out, fingers pointing upward to symbolise the Buddha's offer of protection, benevolence, and peace. Unusually, the Buddha holds between forefinger and thumb of both hands, a seed or fruit - possibly a myrobalan fruit, which has medicinal properties, signifying the Buddha as healer. This figure has been covered with gold leaf at some stage, which has later been removed, leaving traces of the black lacquer applied for the gold leaf to adhere to. 7½" high.
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