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Lotus Bud
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Being an art object of over nine centuries in age, it is an invaluable piece of Myanmar cultural heritage. It is one of the finest bronze sculptures of the Bagan period.

History of the Object
Bronze lotus bud composed of eight petals, each containing a sculptured scene from Buddha’s life. Each Petal of the bud can be manipulated to open or close. When closed it is a lotus bud and when opened it is a lotus bloom. Right on the top of the stem is a little ceti (stupa). In the centre of the bud is sikara with scenes of events in the Buddha’s life dexterously crafted. On each petal a figure of a saint disciple of the Buddha is sculpted. The eight petals can be detached separately. It is a masterpiece of bronze sculpture of the Bagan period.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Bronze 
Measurements
Diameter: 17 cm. and Circumference: 54 cm. 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Bagan, Central Myanmar 
Geography
Myanmar 
Time period
AD 11th century ~ AD 12th century 
Creation date
11th Century - 12th Century; Bagan Period (11-13th Century) 
Function
Religious 
Acquisition
The object was found in 1970 in Bagan and transferred to the National Museum in the same year. 
Copyright
National Museum Yangon 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
National Museum Yangon 
Museum
National Museum of Myanmar 
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