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  Mahalabamuni

 

Myanmar

A Bamboo Buddha is a style of Buddha image in Myanmar which has been woven entirely from bamboo (fig.). For this particular image, known as Mahalabamuni, two different kinds of this giant grass species were used.

 

It is seated in the lotus position, holding a bowl in the one hand whilst the other hand is stretched out forward, with the fingers pointing downward and the thumb at the front, a gesture meaning blessing. The image is described as representing the Buddha's unrivalled diamond reign.

 

  Mahalabamuni

 

  Mahalabamuni

 

It is housed in Shwe Mawdaw Phaya in Pegu/Bago (fig.) and was made in 2013 AD and took 49 days to complete, whilst the preparations, i.e. the cutting of the tiny strips of bamboo, took another two months.

See also THAILAND'S NEIGHBOURS & BEYOND.

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