Ca. 18th century glided Sukhothai style Thai Buddha. The Buddha is seated on a pedestal in the Bhumisparsa or Calling the Earth to Witness mudra. Beautiful green patina and trace of gild.
Size: Height 20cm, width 12.5cm
Object literature: Sukhothai style, one of the canonical Thai styles for Buddha icons developed probably in the Tai kingdom of Sukhothai beginning in the 14th century. The Sukhothai Buddha is composed of sinuous curves and cylindrical forms, creating a boneless, weightless elegance. The various portions of the body follow abstract ideals based on analogy with natural forms, such as shoulders like an elephant’s trunk, a torso like a lion, and a nose like a parrot’s beak. The face and features are elongated, and the brows, eyes, nose, and mouth are a series of strongly marked curves. The head typically bears a flamelike protuberance above a cranial bump, which is believed by the faithful to contain an extra brain cavity. The Buddhas are typically either seated in the half-lotus posture with right hand performing the earth-touching gesture or walking with one foot forward and the right hand raised to the chest.