A sheet gold repoussé figure of Buddha with a bitumen core, seated on a lotus base

19th century, Thailand

Height: 19cm, 7.5 inches Length: 17cm, 6.7 inches

The Buddha is seated cross-legged on a three-tiered pedestal, his right hand in the earth touching position Bhumisparsa mudra, the left hand resting in his lap. His long vestments cover his body but leave his right arm and shoulder exposed. The Buddhas face bears a serene smile, the Thai style elongated ears are characteristically pointed at the tops, and a flame rises from the ushnisha.

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The Heritage of Thai Sculpture by Jean Boisselier, Figure 122, page 162.

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