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Superb and Rare Bronze Lanna Buddha Head, Thailand, Late 15th Century

Superb and Rare Bronze Lanna Buddha Head, Thailand, Late 15th Century


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Pre 1492: Item # 1365290

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This compelling sculpture belongs to a small group of Thai Ping 1 Buddhas cast during a short period of time in Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand in the late fifteenth century. Carol Stratton in Buddhist Sculpture of Northern Thailand describes them as being “among the finest images made in the history of the the Lan Na kingdom. Elegant and beautifully rendered… they radiate a luminous spirituality.” This one has a particularly fine patina which comes from the original high lead (and/or silver) bronze and its overlays of lacquer and gilding, polished by centuries of worship. What is striking about this image is the way in which the expression changes as the viewing angle shifts. There is a mix of strength and compassion, melancholy and forcefulness that is fascinating and satisfying. See a full seated Thai Ping 1 Buddha subduing Mara, dated to 1492, in Wat Rampoeng in Lamphun. Height: 17 cm. w/o base, 23 cm, with its base. Condition: The eyes would orginally have been crystal or sapphire; they were removed long ago, which is almost always the case. The flame has been detached from the top of the ushnisha (it was cast separately). There is an old scar over the left eye. Otherwise excellent. Provenance: Purchased in Bangkok in the 1970s or ‘80s (copy of the original certificate of authenticity will be supplied to the purchaser). Price on Request.
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