Siam Lacquer Gilt Wood Statue
Thailand, Circa: early 1900S'
H 12 in.(30cm), W 32 in.(81cm), D 9 in.(23cm)
Condition: minor age cracks, o.a. very good!
a popular depiction of the Buddha, the Sleeping Buddha is the evocation of the
moment of death as Guatama Shakyamuni, entered Nirvana. Nirvana in Sanskrit has
multiple meanings including "perfect stillness" liberation, tranquil extinction
and the extinction of individual existence. Inferred here is conscious transmigration
of the soul, which is no longer, bound by samskaras.
many contemporary carving, this antique Siam lacquer gilt wood statue from the
early 1900s conveys a studied elegance endowed beauty. The ushnisha is beautifully
formed into a round dome. Finely detailed hair it indicates the integrity of the
carvingr. An elegant inlay of tiny mirrors provides a delicate crown and indicates
the open third eye of the Buddha. The hands communicate in graceful curves and
the feet are life-like and are nearly in movement in their curvature and position.
The Buddha's countenance communicates a lively directness in the eyes. The lips
are full; the nose broad and there is an elegant arch to the cheekbones. The lacquer
base of the entire statue dusted with remnants of gold gilt has a chromatic richness.
The folds of the robes of this Buddha are particularly beautiful with symmetrical
scrolling in the front reminiscent of ocean waves. In the back, there is an stylized,
elegant pleating of the robes. Anthropomorphic Buddhist statues have been crafted
in Siam at least since the 6th century BCE. This particular statue is an exquisite
example from its period and with the exception of minor cracks is in very good
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