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Lot 151, Auction 5/30/2017: 19th C. Asian Seated Wooden Buddha (Golden Triangle)

Southeast Asia, Golden Triangle (border zone between Thailand, Laos, China, and Burma), 19th century CE. A small wooden Buddha seated on a tall, rounded-off pedestal. The pedestal is painted red and black. This Buddha is depicted in the Bhumisparsha mudra, with his right hand over the right knee reaching towards the ground and the palm inward and touching the lotus throne. His left hand lies in his lap with the palm upright. This mudra represents the moment of his awakening, as he defeated the demon Mara, and claimed the earth as his witness to his enlightenment. His robes and face are gilded, and he has a tremendous red ushnisha. The Golden Triangle area has been the heartland of Buddhism in Southeast Asia for centuries, with religion often going over existing nation-state borders. Size: 1.85" L x 3.05" W x 9.55" H (4.7 cm x 7.7 cm x 24.3 cm)

Condition: Wear to paint and minor chips to base and ushnisha

Provenance: Ex- Private Boulder, CO collection acquired at Indochine Gallery

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