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A BRONZE FIGURE OF BUDDHA SHAKYAMUNI
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A BRONZE FIGURE OF BUDDHA SHAKYAMUNI

THAILAND, LOPBURI PERIOD, 13TH CENTURY

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A BRONZE FIGURE OF BUDDHA SHAKYAMUNI
THAILAND, LOPBURI PERIOD, 13TH CENTURY
8 ¼ in. (21 cm.) high
Provenance
Collection of Dr. and Mrs. William T. Price, Texas, acquired before 14 October 1993
Christie’s New York, 18 September 2013, lot 396

Lot Essay

The present figure of Buddha Shakyamuni, depicted in his standard posture with hair in tight curls and topped with a conical ushnisha, is an amalgamated style that emerged around the ancient city of Lopburi, which was occupied by the Khmer empire in the twelfth century. The pronounced physique in the present figure display the the influences of Khmer imagery of the Angkor period, while the earlier local Dvaravati influence can be seen in the the wide face, pendulous earlobes, and conical chignon.

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