18TH C. BURMESE ANDAGU STONE BUDDHA
Andagu stone (pyrophyllite, aluminum silicate hydroxide) is a soft, cream colored stone which has been used for religious carvings in Burma since at least the Bagan period (12th century). This is an excellent example which has great detail and complexity. Generally, the older they are, the better the work. I am dating this fairly conservatively to the 18th century on that basis. They generally are not of large size because the stone fractures easily. This one stands 5 inches high, and is perfect for a desk or bookcase. $1400.