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Bottle 865 - Buddha
Date Added: 03 October 2013

This is a wonderful Buddha shrine built in a bottle. Buddha is seated on a platform raised from a pedestal base. His clothing is painted gold along with most of the pieces in the bottle. He is wearing a traditional tall pointy tiered hat in the Oriental tradition with silver jewels around the brim and also around his neck as a necklace. His face is natural and his lips are painted in a thin red paint. The facial details are wonderful carved. A natural wood feather-like carving extends from each shoulder. Around the base that the Buddha sits on are eight carved wooden figures approximately 3/4 inches tall that resemble people. They are painted gold on the side facing the outside of the bottle and painted pink on the inside part. There are also four poles on each corner with relief carving on top of each. Between each figure on the platform are small red tassels tied to beads. There are four more of the tassel beads on the top of the shrine. The shrine is composed of four gold posts with a solid top painted pink. On three sides of the shrine's top are gold carved decorations with flame-like points on top of each and two long extensions with beads and red tassels hanging from each. On the front is a similar decoration except this has a carved peacock with his tail fanned open and carved in relief. The peacock's body is carved and extends from the tail. Above that is a smaller solid platform with four wires extending from each corner and also the same beads and tassels. The bottle is sealed with a gold wooden cork that extends and touches this platform, keeping the shrine "fixed" in place. The top is sealed with sealing wax.
Type: Buddha Shrine   Maker's Name:
Category: Religious   Made Where: Burma
Bottle Size: 10 1/4" x 2 3/4"   Year Made: 1920s
Bottle Type: Johnny Walker