Bronze with traces of gilding
16th century, Lan Na style
H. 58 cm
Seated Buddha made of bronze with traces of gilding that illustrates this style of Lan Na dated back to the 16th century and illustrated generally this style from Northern Thailand with elegant proportions and a neat modeling. The chin, emphasized on both sides by an incised line, is characteristic of this style. Śākyamuni is depicted here sitting on a lotiform base and an openwork pedestal in the so-called “noble” pose (sattvaparyaṅka): the right leg is folded under the left leg and the sole of only one foot is visible. He sketches the gesture of “Calling the Earth as witness”, one of the six canonical gestures (mudras) made by Buddha during the major events of his life.
Provenance: Private collection, France.