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Standing Buddha, with Both Hands in "Abhayamudra"

Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description When the names of the poses of the Buddha were codified in the 1830s, double-"abhaya" was identified as "hâm samut," or "forbidding the ocean." The pose had in fact persisted throughout the Ayutthaya period, but how its meaning differed from that of the right-hand-"abhaya" pose in the course of these centuries is not known. This image has an understated character that may in fact be rather typical of the late-Ayutthaya style.
Date Description Narrative
1/09/1984Examinationexamined for condition
  • Unearthly Elegance: Buddhist Art from the Griswold Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995.
Provenance Thong Lo (vendor), Bangkok; Alexander B. Griswold, Monkton, January 28, 1951, by purchase, [presented to the Breezewood Foundation, 1985, inv. no. 860]; Walters Art Museum, 1979, by gift.
Inscriptions none
Credit Gift of A. B. Griswold, 1979

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2nd half 18th century (Ayutthaya)
leaded copper, laquer, gilding
Accession Number
24 13/16 in. (63 cm); with tang: 26 15/16 in. (68.5 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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