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Antique Bronze Buddha Statue
Sukhothai Buddha
Sea Calming Gesture
Thailand, Early 20th century
H 15 in.(37.5cm), W 3.5 in.(9cm), D 3.5 in.(9cm)
Condition: very Good

Having absorbed traditions of China, India, Cambodia, Burma, etc, Thai artists resolved many influences into a true national style set out in the 13th century which still dominates Thai art, preferring qualities of quietude and an ornamented stillness that express Thai sensibilities. A powerful energy of reassurance and peace emanates from this work, the raised hands in double abaya mudra known as the "sea calming gesture" that is pacifying and elegant. The robe is thin and clings to the body of the Buddha, flowing gently outward in two waves of fabric! that continue around the back with only a few simple lines describing the folds and the sacred scarf which is draped over his left shoulder.

A superb Thai Buddha, finely cast and finished with delicate hand chasing in the features of the face, the circular folds of the neck, the curling locks of the usnisha and other details around the base. A rich patina has developed in umber tones beneath traces of remaining gilding. Typical Sukhothai elements are the flame of enlightenment which rises from the Buddha’s head, the rounded arcs of the eyebrows which meet at the center and form the bridge of the nose, the full lips delineated by incised lines. Its proportions are classical as well, with the Buddha standing tall, slender and upright upon a lotus base which surmounts a plinth decorated around the bottom with bas relief carvings of the twelve astrological animals. The mood and features are sensitively modeled, the artist applying prodigious skills and depth of understanding in the creation of a deeply moving and purifying work of art.

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