Standing 18th-19th century Thai bronze Buddha on wood stand. The Buddha in this mudra (hand gesture) is in the teaching position as he was at Sarnath. The condition of this sculpture is excellent and still has remains of some of the gold leaf that adheres to the bronze. It is what the followers apply as an act of reverence. The garment he is wearing is finely detailed and follows the tradition of Southeast Asian textiles. Having the flame is one of the characteristics of the Thai Buddha. One of the important features of any Buddhist image is how the facial features emanate the qualities of compassion and repose. The face of this figure has a simple sweetness and an expression of compassionate empathy.
Age: 18th-19th Century
Size: sculpture 50" x 9" x 9-1/4", including stand 66" x 17-1/8" x 17-1/4"
Media: Bronze / Gold leaf / Wood