Crowned Buddha in Bhumisparsa mudra (gesture of calling the earth to witness)
Burma/Myanmar; 17th–18th Century
DU 1977.13; Denison University
Gift of Rev. Elizabeth Wiesmer
Acquired in the south of Burma at the end of the nineteenth century, this votive tablet displays similarities with Mon Buddha images. Here a single, crowned Buddha image is visible seated cross-legged in the gesture of calling the Earth Goddess to witness. He is surrounded by a beaded border and beneath him are seven pointed arches. The latter may indicate seven previous Buddhas. The main Buddha wears a high crown from which a finial extends, and extensive ribbons fill the space to the side of the crown. His chest is ornamented with necklaces and royal insignia.