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Lan Na Bronze Head of the Buddha - PF.5535
Origin: Thailand
Circa: 1400 AD to 1500 AD
Dimensions: 19.25" (48.9cm) high
Catalogue: V28
Collection: Asian
Medium: Bronze
Condition: Extra Fine


Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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The historical figure, Buddha Gautama Sakyamuni is the Buddha of compassion who, having achieved the highest evolutionary perfection, turns suffering into happiness for all living beings. Born around 560 B.C. somewhere between the hills of south Nepal and the Rapti river, his father was a Raja who ruled over the northeastern province of India, the district including the holy Ganges River. The young prince was married to Yashoda when he was about 17 years old and together they had a son named Rahula. At the age of 29, he left his life of luxury, as he felt compelled to purify his body and make it an instrument of the mind by ridding himself of earthly impulses and temptations. Here, the Buddha is portrayed as a youthful prince with a contemplative expression, rounded dimpled chin and pronounced eyes. His mouth with full lips is recessed at the corners. He wears his hair in large curls characteristic of the Thai style. He is crowned with an ushnisha, the large bump symbolic of his enlightenment and divine wisdom. - (PF.5535)

 

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