CATALOGUE No. 35 STANDING BRONZE BUDDHA
THAILAND, AYUTTHAYA PERIOD
H. 34 CMS, 13 ½ INS
A graceful bronze figure of Buddha standing with his feet slightly apart, both hands raised in abhayamudra (the gesture of dispelling fear), the face calm and smiling beneath a conical chignon rising to a flame finial; the sanghati covering both shoulders with a broad belt and a central fold between the legs; with extensive traces of gilding and lacquer on the surface.
The Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg has a Buddha in similar style – see no. 48 in State Hermitage Museum, Siamese Art of the 14th-19th centuries in the Hermitage, St Petersburg, 1997.
Provenance: Private Belgian collection.