AGE: – 18th – Early 19th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Marble
DESCRIPTION: – Antique Thai Lanna Marble Buddha Statue seated on double lotus pedestal
HEIGHT: – 64cm
WIDTH: – 43cm
DEPTH: – 20cm
WEIGHT: – Very heavy
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A rare and highly decorative Thai Lanna Marble Buddha statue crafted from one piece of marble, seated on a double lotus pedestal in half lotus position, with the right leg folded over the left leg. Other names used for this posture are “hero posture” or “Virasana” (paryankasana), with the soles of feet facing upwards. The hand gesture is in Bhumisparsa mudra.
In this statue the Buddha is flanked by carved dragons or nagas-Makara (guardians), both resting on a carved lotus flower pedestal underneath the flame shaped aureole. The flame shaped aureole is representative of the bodhi tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment in Bodh Gaya.
A large pointed finial sits on top of a bulbous usnisha. The urna, the red painted mark in the centre of the Buddha’s forehead is referred to as the “Eye of Wisdom”, and is more commonly seen on Nepalese and Indian style Buddha statues, and occasionally on Burmese and Thai statues. The hair curls are larger and set wider apart than those seen on the traditional Burmese Buddha statue. The facial features is of the Sukhothai Thai Lanna influence.
This is amazing craftsmanship, the whole figure is modelled from one piece of marble stone. It would appear to have been repainted in more recent times, as are so many of the older statues.
This Buddha statue along with the other similar style Lanna Buddha statue was sourced in the Shan state near the border regions between Burma and Thailand.
This style is similar to the highly revered Phra Phuttha Chinnarat Buddha statue in Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat located on the bank of the Nan River in Thailand. Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat was founded in 1357 by King Lithai of Sukhothai.