Description Buddhism became increasingly important in Cambodia during the late 11th century, especially at the temple site of Phimai, in present-day Thailand. The Buddha was frequently depicted with the crown and jewelry of a king. These attributes could indicate the mystical identity of all Buddhas, past and present; they could stand for the attainment of nirvana; and, in addition, they could refer to a miracle involving the magical transformation of the Buddha in order to convert a heretic king.
- Unearthly Elegance: Buddhist Art from the Griswold Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995.
Provenance Private collection, Thonburi, prior to April 13, 1951; Alexander B. Griswold, Monkton, April 13, 1951 [presented to the Breezewood Foundation, December 1960, inv. no. 476]; Walters Art Museum, 1992, by bequest.
Credit Bequest of A. B. Griswold, 1992
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