Gilt bronze Thai buddha seated in front of an elephant and monkey presenting offerings, Thailand, Rattanakosin ca. late 19th. century.
A popular and scarce representation: He is seated, his right hand palm open on his right knee as a sign of acceptance of the water offered by the King of Elephants. The Buddha has come to seek tranquility in the forest to escape the incessant disputes of the disciples. His left hand is turned as a sign of refusal of the offering of the monkey who offers him wild honey and alveoli of bees - inviting discernment and discipline.
Height: ca. 20 cm.
Provenance: Ex. His Majesty Henrik, Prince of Denmark, Private Collection. The collection was sold in 2019/20 in three public auctions, consisting of 1000s of objects of Asian and African art. Comes with COA and lot number in the collection.