10. Buddha U-Thong style
15th century, U-Thong style
61 cm or 24 in
The so-called U-thong style developed concomitantly with the art of the Sukhothai Kingdom and marks the beginning of the art of the kingdom of Ayutthaya. This style participates in the gradual affirmation of typically Thai stylistic characteristics and thus stands out from the models of the previous period, Môn Dvaravati, which logically stemmed from Indian art.
This beautiful bust of Buddha comes from an image that originally represented the Awakened One sitting. With his right hand he made the gesture of calling the Earth as witness of his Enlightenment (bhūmisparśa mudrā). The torso is covered with the monastic garment, uttarāsaṅga. The uṣṇīṣa is surmounted by a flame-shaped rasmi. The serenity of the face is enhanced by the eyes, still inlaid. Important remains of red and gold lacquer are still visible.
The bronze has acquired a magnificent brown patina over time, lending it authenticity and an aesthetic presence.
Provenance: Private collection, France, acquired from La Compagnie de la Chine et des Indes, Paris, 9 February 1970.
Art Loss Register Certificate, ref. S00132911.
Detail: alternate view