CATALOGUE No. 26 BRONZE MEDITATING MONK
LATE LANNA STYLE, 19TH CENTURY
H. 45 CMS, 17 ½ INS
A bronze figure of a monk, seated in dhyanamudra (meditation pose), his face with a tranquil gaze, wearing a sanghati (monastic robe) with a broad sash over the left shoulder and an unusual knotted band at the midriff, the eyes inlaid with mother of pearl.
The Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg has three Northern Thai monks in similar style – see nos. 32-34 in State Hermitage Museum, Siamese Art of the 14th-19th centuries in the Hermitage, St Petersburg, 1997.
Provenance: From the Estate of a private English collector. Acquired in the 1970s.