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From Lopburi or early Sukhothai, Thailand, C13-14, this is an elegant bronze offering bowl in the shape of an open lotus blossom. This type of bowls showed a marked technological advance on the bronze vessels of Angkor. It has been turned on some kind of a lathe, giving it a polished appearance with an exquisite patina. Those that we have seen in Thai museums in Sukhothai and Khorat have had broken petals; this is the only one we know in perfect condition. In its purity and simplicity, it embodies the new aesthetics of Theravada Buddhism during the very early stages of specifically Thai culture.
Diameter: 18 cm; Height: 10.5 cm.