CATALOGUE No. 27 BRONZE SEATED MONK


CATALOGUE No. 27 BRONZE SEATED MONK

THAILAND OR LAOS

18TH – 19TH CENTURY

H. 31.2 CMS, 12 ½ INS

An enchanting bronze figure of the venerable monk Phra Malai, seated in bhumisparsimudra with his left hand holding the remains of his monastic fan, his face with an intense spiritual gaze, wearing a thin sanghati (monastic robe) with a narrow sash over the left shoulder, with extensive traces of gilding

Phra Malai was a Buddhist monk who acquired special powers through meditation, enabling him to visit heaven and hell. He subsequently returned to earth and began to preach that our actions in life would lead to either future suffering or to happiness.

For a bronze seated Buddha in similar style please see p. 243 (Bottom left) in S. Lopetcharat, Lao Buddha: The Image and Its History, Bangkok: Siam International Book Company, 2000.

Provenance: Private German collection.