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20th C. Thai Carved Buddha - Natural Ruby

$1,450.00
Southeast Asia, Thailand, ca. 20th century CE. A near miniature seated Buddha hand carved from natural, striated ruby. The Buddha sits in the Samadhi mudra in half lotus position upon a five-lined canopied throne with hands displaying a Samadhi or Dhyana mudra of meditation with joined thumbs forming a triangle that is symbolic of the Three Jewels (Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha) and by extension, soundness of the body and the mind. Reminiscent of the Ayutthaya-style Buddha Shakyamuni, with his face displaying a serene expression, downcast eyes below arched eyebrows, smiling lips and curled headdress and ushnisha surmounted by a flame. Beyond the rich iconography and finely delineated detailing commensurate with outstanding technique and artistry is the inherent beauty of the stone. The natural ruby of this piece is mesmerizing with myriad striations in the stone of berry red hues that range from bright magenta to deep, more subdued violet. A work of spiritual art that truly dazzles the eye. Size: 2-1/2" x 1-3/8" (6.4 x 3.5 cm)

Provenance: Ex-private Northern Colorado collection.

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