A LARGE SUKHOTHAI BUDDHA SHAKYAMUNI
Thailand, Sukhothai period, 15th-16th century. Cast bronze with striking influence of the Kamphaeng Phet style. The historical Buddha is portrayed seated in half-lotus Padmasana position on a double-arched platform, his right hand in Bhumisparsha mudra, bearing inlaid eyes and a flame ushnisha.
Provenance: From the collection of a French family. By repute, acquired in Asia prior to 1970.
Condition: Excellent condition with rich, naturally grown patina. Some wear and weathering, a few casting flaws and some tiny dents and nicks here and there.
Weight: The statue 15.4 kilograms. The base 15.9 kilograms. Total 31.3 kilograms.
Dimensions: Height of the statue alone 53 cm. Height of the statue with the base 83 cm.
This elegant bronze is cast with well-balanced proportions and crisp lines for its robe and facial features. It is rendered in the Kamphaeng Phet style, which echoes that of neighboring Sukhothai, but with subtle differences, such as overall sharper facial features, the aquiline nose, the distinct eyebrows that form a continuous line above the bridge of the nose. In this example, superior quality is evidenced by the meticulous execution of the flame finial, the small hair curls, the elegant fingers, and the swallowtail hem above the navel. The double arched cast bronze openwork base dates to the later 19th century.
Compare with a closely related Kamphaeng Phet Buddha at Bonham's New York, in 'Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Art' on March 14th, 2016, lot 80.