Southeast Asia, Thailand, ca. 19th century CE. A brilliant cast bronze image of Prince Siddhartha prior to his enlightenment; we know this as we see no ushnisha or rashmi. His hands are positioned in the Bhumisparsa or 'earth witness' mudra, and he is seated in half lotus position atop a three tiered, flame spiked throne with front canopy. This sculpture is a quintessential example of the Ratanakosin style with its flame-like motifs emerging from the shoulders and ears of the crown, beautiful robe with a floral design, and elaborately decorated pedestal. Beyond the incredible detail, lustrous gold gilt on virtually the entire piece and red lacquer highlights on the throne and back canopy add to the beauty of this work of spiritual art! Size: 6-1/4" x 5" x 2-1/2" (15.9 x 12.7 x 6.4 cm)
Condition: Expected abrasions and chips to gilt surface. Small loss to back edge of base. Overall excellent.
Provenance: Ex-private Loveland, Colorado collection.
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