RARE ET IMPORTANTE STATUE DE BOUDDHA SHAKYAMUNI EN BRONZE
RARE ET IMPORTANTE STATUE DE BOUDDHA SHAKYAMUNI EN BRONZE

CAMBODGE, KHMER, STYLE D'ANGKOR VAT, XIIEME SIECLE

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RARE ET IMPORTANTE STATUE DE BOUDDHA SHAKYAMUNI EN BRONZE
CAMBODGE, KHMER, STYLE D'ANGKOR VAT, XIIEME SIECLE
Il est représenté debout en samabhanga sur une petite base, ses mains en abhayamudra. Il est vêtu d'un samghati et paré de bijoux. Son visage est serein, ses yeux en amande et son front rehaussé de l'urna. Il est coiffé d'une tiare ouvragée ; accident.
Hauteur: 52,5 cm. (20¾ in.), socle
Provenance
Private collection, Belgium, acquired from Spink & Son Ltd, London, 10 October 1984
Post lot text
AN IMPORTANT BRONZE FIGURE OF BUDDHA SHAKYAMUNI
CAMBODIA, KHMER, ANGKOR VAT STYLE, 12TH CENTURY

Lot Essay

Early representations of Buddha Shakyamuni in human form generally depict him without any ornamentation as he had renounced the worldly values of wealth and beauty for spiritual perfection. With the rise of the Vajrayana form of Buddhism from the 10th century onwards in Indian Bihar and Bengal, the transcendental Buddha lavishly adorned with jewellery and crowns became more popular. During the 11th and 12th centuries this iconographic type received many followers in Southeast Asia. It became tremendous popular in the Khmer empire covering present day Cambodia and large parts of Thailand.
The mesmerizing facial expression, the elongated body and the 'do-not-fear' gestures displayed by both his hands are common for Khmer Angkor types while Thai Buddha representations show quite often the instruction gestures. This fine Buddha figure fits therefore perfectly well in the Angkor Vat style group datable to the 12th century.

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