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An image of Buddha subduing Mara by

Thailand

Title
Buddha subduing Mara
Place of origin
Thailand
Cultural origin
U-Thong style
Period
Ayutthaya period 1350 - 1767 → Thailand
Year
14th century
Media category
Sculpture
Materials used
bronze
Dimensions

38.5 cm

Credit
Gift of Mr F. Storch 1985
Accession number
341.1985
Location
Not on display
Further information

The Buddha subduing Mara became a favoured pose in Sukhothai and the following U-Thong styles. In legend while Buddha was mediating to attain enlightenment, Mara, the prince of evil, launched an assault. In moving his right hand from the meditative pose to point to the ground, Buddha called the Earth Goddess to witness his goodness. By wringing her hair she caused a flood that forced Mara to flee.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, October 1985.