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Large Carved Gilt Teak Standing Buddha, Northern Thailand, Early 20th Century

$7,200

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A large, tall Thai standing carved teak wood Buddha, lacquered and gilt, with hand raised in abhaya mudra, far Northern Thailand or possibly Laos, early 20th century. Near life-sized and carved from solid teak, the Buddha is portrayed standing upright upon a stepped, stylized lotus pedestal dressed in a loose fitting robe that hangs down to his calves, a mantle draped over his shoulders, and a sash tied around his waist. The Buddha stares intently outwards through wide, open eyes, a large smile playing across his generous mouth and full lips. Long, pendulous earlobes flare out to frame his face. His hair arranged in distinctive spiked curls. A separately carved flame finial rises from his pronounced ushnisha. The Buddha's right hand raised in abhaya mudra, the gesture of reassurance and dispelling fear, a spiral pattern carved on his palm. His other hand rests graciously by his side, long, elegant fingers pointing downwards, gently grasping the fabric of his mantle. In the context of Thai Theravada traditions, this pose is also known as "Preventing the Relatives from Fighting", representing an allegorical story of the Buddha coming back to Earth after reaching Nirvana, only to find his relatives fighting over land and water. The Buddha, in his infinite wisdom and compassion, was able to show them a middle path to compromise and peace. This image is also known as the Monday Buddha in Thailand, and is especially sacred to those born on a Monday. Carved from heavy teak wood, lacquered, then gilt, the sculpture is in four parts - the lotus pedestal, the Buddha, the raised hand, and the flame finial. The gold of the gilding worn and mellow, with red and black lacquer highlights showing through.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 70 in. (177.8 cm)Width: 19 in. (48.26 cm)Depth: 19 in. (48.26 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
    CarvedTeak,Gilt,Lacquered
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Early 20th Century
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor structural damages. Minor fading. In overall good, presentable condition. With losses to the "hair" at the back and side of the head. One side of the cape split. Minor cracks around the hem of the robe. With wear to the gilding. Please see photos for details.
  • Seller Location
    Austin, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU894718031511

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Located in Austin, TX

Founded in 2001, Lotus Gallery offers a carefully curated selection of furniture, jewelry, sculpture and works of art spanning millennia, continents and cultures. Although it seeks out beauty in all its forms, they specialize in Asian antiquities, especially Chinese pieces from the Han and Tang dynasties and chinoiserie. Based in Austi...

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