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Gilt Bronze Seated Buddha - FZ.322
Origin: Thailand
Circa: 18 th Century AD to 20 th Century AD

Collection: Asian
Medium: Gilt Bronze


Location: United States
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Description
This Buddha piece exhibits the delicate filigree- like detailing found in the better Southeast Asian Buddhist icons. The Buddha is seated with his hands laid face up, on top of each other. This hand position is called a "mudra", or symbol of meditation and openness. On top of the head there is an "usnisa" or bun type shape that is actually a representation of the Buddha's brain. It is said that after enlightenment, the Buddha became so wise that this part of the head expanded to accommodate his overwhelming new knowledge. This piece was probably an altarpiece. Perhaps from a local shrine or even the private shrine of a rich landowner. This piece embodies the quiet wisdom of the Buddha and all of his powers, both earthly and spiritual. - (FZ.322)

 

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