A COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF CROWNED BUDDHA THAILAND, AYUTTHAYA PERIOD, 17TH CENTURY
Lot 3222W
A COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF CROWNED BUDDHA
THAILAND, AYUTTHAYA PERIOD, 17TH CENTURY
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A COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF CROWNED BUDDHA THAILAND, AYUTTHAYA PERIOD, 17TH CENTURY
A COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF CROWNED BUDDHA
THAILAND, AYUTTHAYA PERIOD, 17TH CENTURY
With traces of lacquer and gilding.
45 in. (114.3 cm) high

Footnotes

  • 泰國 大城時代 素可泰晚期風格 十七世紀 戴冠銅佛立像

    Ayutthaya at this time had one of the most prosperous capitals in the world, with foreign powers clamoring to trade with the 'Kingdom of Siam'. The tide had turned in the Burmese-Siamese wars, when in 1594 Ayutthaya launched its first offensive invasion of Burma rather than the other way around. The early and mid-17th century also saw one of the longest intermissions between major military campaigns during the three-century war. By 1700, it is estimated that the capital had the world's largest population, at around one million. During this time, Ayutthaya furthered its vigorous cultural program, culminating in the highest concentration of Buddhist art perhaps anywhere in the world.

    The air of Ayutthaya's prosperity and strength is reflected in this Crowned Buddha, which employs ornament and symmetry to convey majesty and inner fortitude. His overall simplicity of silhouette and abstracted physiognomy are also designed to emphasize the supreme consciousness that the Crowned Buddha embodies in this form, as opposed to prompting the viewer to focus on the mortality of the historical Buddha. The present lot compares favorably to a later example in the National Museum, Bangkok, published in National Museum Volunteers Group, Treasures from the National Museum, Bangkok, 2010, p.47, no.73.

    Provenance
    Collection of Roberto Del Mastio, Florence, 1980s
    Marcel Nies Oriental Art, Antwerp, 19 June 2006
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