G679 BRONZE STANDING BUDDHA


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G679 BRONZE STANDING BUDDHA

THAILAND, AYUTTHAYA PERIOD

17TH CENTURY

H. 38 CMS, 15 INS

A serene, elegant beautifully sculpted bronze figure of Buddha, standing with his feet slightly apart on a tiered pedestal, his right hand raised in abhayamudra (the gesture of dispelling fear) and his left pendant by his side, the face placid and smiling beneath a domed chignon rising to a tall flame finial; the sanghati covering both shoulders with a broad belt and a central fold between the legs; with extensive gilding, red and black lacquer on the surface.

This delightful sculpture was created during the period of Thailand’s Ayutthaya Kingdom. The kingdom of Ayutthaya, established by King U Thong in 1350 in the Chao Phraya River basin to the north of Bangkok was, until the Burmese attacked and burned its capital in 1767, one of the richest and most enduring kingdoms of Southeast Asia, attracting innumerable merchants and other visitors, not only from neighbouring Asian countries but also from Europe as well. Colossal stone and stucco images of Buddha characterise the artistic creations of the early Ayutthaya period.

The Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg has a Buddha in similar style – see no. 47 in State Hermitage Museum, Siamese Art of the 14th-19th centuries in the Hermitage, St Petersburg, 1997.

Provenance: Private German collection. Acquired in Frankfurt in April 1960.