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Figure of a Thai Angel
A finely carved wooden sculpture of a Buddhist angel in the Northern Thai style. It is covered in natural lacquer, gold leaf, polychrome, and glass mirror "jewels" embedded in the surface. Teak provides a durable foundation as it is impervious to insects and resistant to moisture. Some yellow-gold paint is also present in the topmost layer, indicating that the piece was carefully maintained over a long period of time. The chalky paint on the face was also renewed periodically as an act of devotion. Angels were a favorite subject of Thai sculptors because they were given a lot of freedom in depicting them. This angel has an expression of benign intelligence and the hands are particularly well-formed. Given its seated position, it was likely to have been part of a larger altar ensemble, including larger and more prominent Buddha images.
- DimensionsHeight: 26.5 in. (67.31 cm)Width: 14 in. (35.56 cm)Depth: 23 in. (58.42 cm)
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- Place of Origin
- Date of Manufacture19th Century
- ConditionWear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor fading. Wear consistent with age and use.
- Seller LocationChicago, IL
- Reference NumberSeller: RHS0011stDibs: LU886425093712
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- ShippingRates vary by destination and complexity. We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.Ships From: Chicago, IL
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