Subject:Re: Large Brass Buddha Scale
Posted By: John T. Sun, Jul 19, 2020
I've never seen anything like that before. Very interesting and lovely piece.
Intuitively, I'd say it might be French, second half of the 19th century to early 20th.
I might be reading too much into it but it feels as if the Buddha could have been a separate piece added on. The fact that the screws thread is visible underneath and above him and appear to have been cut isn't typical of the finest craftsmanship, they would generally have gone to the effort to hide such things as they were considered to be unsightly. Maybe someone has decided to fiddle around with a pre-existing scales by adding the figure in? Just a hypothesis.
Lovely thing at any rate.