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Ayutthaya Bronze Sculpture of Buddha Standing - FZ.306
Origin: Thailand
Circa: 1400 AD to 1700 AD
Dimensions: 8.75" (22.2cm) high
Collection: Asian
Medium: Bronze


Additional Information: Sold

Location: United States
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The establishment of the new kingdom of Ayutthaya in the middle of the 14th century and the change of the political center of Thai power from Sukhothai to Ayutthaya marked the beginning of a new era of great cultural prosperity. From the capital city of Ayutthaya located at the confluence of three rivers (the Chao Phraya, the Pasak, and the Lopburi) the kingdom of Ayutthaya dominated Menam Basin for over four centuries. However, it is clear that this strategic geographical and economical site had been settled by an ancient community, long before King Ramathihodi I traditionally founded the city. Ramathihodi I was a renowned warrior and lawmaker. Under his leadership, and under his immediate successors, the kingdom rapidly expanded north towards Sukhothai and east towards the Khmer capital of Angkor Wat, which they managed to seize for a brief interval. Under royal patronage, Buddhism flourished and Ayutthaya became an important Buddhist center. The rulers of this dynasty, like the rulers of the Sukhothai Kingdom, patronized cultural and religious intercourse between Sri Lanka and Thailand and encouraged and supported the development and propagation of Sihala Buddhism in Thailand. Centuries of battles with the Burmese would eventually culminate in the sacking and burning of Ayutthaya in 1767, thus ending one of the most prosperous and culturally influential periods in Thai history.

Standing peacefully with his right hand in the abhaya mudra, one of the series of mystic ritual hand gestures of deities, and his left hand pendent, this spirited bronze Buddha emanates a power and energy that befits his exalted status. He wears a long sanghati, or robe, whose bottom edges flare outward, softly framing his body. A meditative aura also pervades the image of the Buddha as we experience his serene and beneficent facial expression. Standing on a wooden throne shaped in the characteristic form of a lotus blossom, this statue is a stunning example of a Thai artist’s inspired interpretation of the divine. - (FZ.306)

 

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