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Seated Buddha in "Maravijaya"

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Description Lan Na Buddha images can be looked at in two ways: in terms of types (Sihing or non-Sihing) or modes and in terms of stylistic qualities. But in fact these two approaches overlap to a certain degree. This image is not a Sihing: the legs lie on top of one another, the right hand rests left of the knee, the mantle is long, and the original radiance surely had the form of a flame. But it also differs from a Sihing-type image because of the absence of certain stylistic features, such as an undulant swelling body and vigorously curved fingers. Even the mouth is controlled to the point of primness. These qualities nevertheless manage to endow the image with a certain personality, as if inside there were a more vigorously modeled sculpture trying to get out. The date in the inscription can be interpreted as 1494, 1554, 1614, and so forth. (The term "kap yi" combines a marker repeating every ten years with one repeating every twelve years).
  • Unearthly Elegance: Buddhist Art from the Griswold Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995.
Provenance Dr. Carthew, Bangkok; Alexander B. Griswold, Monkton, June 1949, [presented to the Breezewood Foundation, 1965, inv. no. 548]; Walters Art Museum, 1992, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Transliteration] pi kap ni ton nay gam cebh san cau le; [Translation] In the year kap yi [one of the decade/tiger], fourth month, Mr. Khamchaep established [this] lord
Credit Bequest of A. B. Griswold, 1992

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1554 (?) (Lan Na)
hollow cast bronze
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at knees: 24 1/2 x 14 9/16 in. (62.2 x 37 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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