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Seated Buddha on his throne

 

Chiang Saen period (14-16th Century), circa 15th Century, gilt bronze with natural green patina, H 25.5 cm

 

A gentle bronze image of the Buddha, seated in virasana on a pedestal decorated with open work lotus flower design, characteristic of this period.  

His fingers are of equal lenght, not displaying the muscular body, the short neck and the full round face of the earlier classic images. His face with full lips and open eyes inlaid with mother-of-pearl is soft, meditative and serene. The conical usnisha is rising to an elegant flame finial. He wears a broad sash over his left shoulder and a robe that reaches to his ankles. The bronze is covered with a nice green patina and remains of gilding.

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