Catalogue no. 10 STANDING BRONZE BUDDHA
MON PERIOD, DVARAVATI STYLE
CIRCA 8TH CENTURY
H. 30 CMS, 12 INS
A dark green patinated bronze image of a standing Buddha, both hands forming vitarkamudra (the gesure of teaching), the sanghati (monastic robe) covering both shoulders and falling from the wrist to follow the contours of the body, the undergarments visible beneath, the ears with extended lobes and the face with a benevolent expression, the chignon composed of snail shell curls and surmounted by a lotus knop.
For a similar Buddha see colour pl. 5 in D. H. Fickle, Images of the Buddha in Thailand, Singapore: Oxford University Press, 1989. See also fig. 59 (cat. no. 9) in H.W. Woodward, The Sacred Sculpture of Thailand: The Alexander B. Griswold Collection, Baltimore: Walters Art Gallery, 1997.
Provenance: Private collection, UK.
Acquired in 1977 from Chai Ma Antiques, Bangkok.