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Seated Buddha

17th C AD

Laos

Gilt lacquered bronze

H 81x58x30cm (46 kg)

An impressive bronze Buddha seated in the classical Maravijya position (half lotus) position on an elementary base. The patina is a superb glossy dark brown color with remains of gilding. The eyes were originally inlaid with mother of pearl and with black sapphires for the puppils, as it was normally the custom. The usnisa is in the form of a lotus bud with 4 leaves, separately cast and removable. The Sukhothai influence on this period of Lao images can be clearly seen across a number of features; the shoulders are broad and the chest is thick and solid as dignified as in the Sukhothai style and the nose has a distinctive aquiline shape. Note: Some cracks at the back, have been repaired in ancient times

private German collection

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