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An image of A seated Buddha by

Chiang Rai, Thailand

A seated Buddha
Place of origin
Chiang RaiThailand
Cultural origin
Lan Na kingdom
16th century
Media category
Materials used

52.0 x 46.0 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Mr F. Storch 1999
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

This sculpture is from the northern area of Thailand, known as the Lan Na kingdom. This area achieved political independence from about the 11th century, and evolved a sculptural style of its own. The most characteristic image of the Lan Na Thai style is the seated Buddha in the 'Maravijaya' attitude, his right hand touching the ground with the fingertips. Characteristically the body is perfectly upright, and he wears a robe that leaves the whole right side of his chest exposed, with a short flap folded over the left shoulder. Often his legs are in the 'virasana' pose as in this figure. Stucco was quite common as a material for Thai sculptures, the stucco a mixture of lime and sand in varying proportions.

Asian Art Dept, AGNSW, June 1999.

Bibliography (1)

Jackie Menzies (Editor), Buddha: Radiant awakening, Sydney, 2001, 28 (colour illus.), 183. 9

Exhibition history (1)

Buddha: Radiant awakening, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 10 Nov 2001–24 Feb 2002