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Ivory statuette of the Buddha

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3347, Ivory statuette of the Buddha, c.1700

Artist: Photographer: Ardon Bar Hama
Culture: Burmese
Material: Ivory
Dimensions: 19.5 x 9 x 5 cm

Ivory statuette of the Buddha with the figure seated in bhumisparsimudra position. Figure retains considerable amount of gold.

Although there are relatively few Buddhist items in the collection, their quality and interest is exceptional. This figure depicts the familiar seated, earth-touching Buddha. Freud refers to one of the Buddhas in his diary on 7 May 1934, the day after his birthday, so perhaps it was a gift to himself.

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