17 September 1999
A Important Bronze Figure of a Crowned Buddha
Thailand or Burma, 13th Century
Finely cast standing with both hands raised in vitarka mudra on a round double-lotus base, wearing a plain sanghati with flaring sides tied with a sash at the waist extending down to the ankles, his face with a benign expression surmounted by a triple-pointed crown, the bronze with a silvery green patina overall, the iron armature exposed at the tip
21 in. (54.7 cm.) high
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Spink & Son Ltd., Octagon, vol. XXV, no. 2, 1988, ill. p. 35.
This bronze is remarkable in its resemblance to standing bronze figures of Buddha made at Kurkihar in Eastern India during the Pala period, cf. lot 19. The Pala style strongly influenced the Mon art of Thailand as well as the Burmese art of Pagan. The present figure establishes these influences in a unique synthesis.
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