A 17TH CENTURY AYUTTHAYA PERIOD BRONZE OF BUDDHA SHAKYAMUNI
Bronze with remains of lacquer gilding. Mounted to wooden base
Thailand, Ayutthaya Period, 17th century
Buddha Sakyamuni is standing in Samabhanga pose with his right hand showing the Abhayamudra, the gesture of fearlessness, reassurance and safety. His left hand is stretched downwards near the hems of his garment. Buddha is wearing a Samghati robe with a belt around his hip and pendeloque ear rings as well as an ornate tiara with floral decoration and a stupa-like, conical-shaped usnisha.
The face shows a fine meditative expression, with cast down eyes, a serene smile and elongated earlobes.
Dimensions: 48 cm (height of sculpture), 51 cm (total height with base)
Condition: Good condition with appealing patina
Provenance: Austrian private collection, acquired 1988 in our galleries (comes with the catalog)
Literature comparison: see Christie's, Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Art, 18 April 2005, Amsterdam, lot 118 (for a very similar Buddha of the same size) and Bonham's, Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Art, 17 September 2014, New York, lot 178 (for a very similar bronze, larger in size).