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Seated Buddha in"Maravijaya"

Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This image stands somewhat apart from the images that appear to have been made in Ayutthaya itself in about the 1st quarter of the 15th century. It has a radiance in the form of a spike or elongated gem, rather than a flame; it is deep; and the pedestal is less contracted and does not have a vertically edged element at the bottom. It must, therefore, be the product of a different region, possibly Suphanburi or Sanburi. In the new Sukhothai and related styles, there is an ideal facial shape. The U Thong-style sculptor tends to proceed somewhat differently, working outward from the facial features, focusing on the expressive mouth and eyebrows, with only a general notion of proper facial shape.

The lower half of the Buddha is riddled with blind cracks. The walls of the figure are very thin (.23 cm.) and the core has been removed. The figure has active chloride corrosion or bronze disease from burial.

Benzotriazole treatment, stabilization of cracks, and loss compensation

Date Description Narrative
5/11/2017ExaminationExamined for exhibition.
10/20/2017Treatmentexamined for condition; filled; inpainted; loss compensation; stabilized
  • Unearthly Elegance: Buddhist Art from the Griswold Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995.
Provenance Thailand; Alexander B. Griswold, Monkton, 1948 or before, [presented to the Breezewood Foundation, December 1964, inv. no. 739]; Walters Art Museum, 1992, by bequest.
Inscriptions none
Credit Bequest of A. B. Griswold, 1992

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14th-15th century (Ayutthaya)
leaded bronze
Accession Number
H: 13 1/4 × W: 7 5/16 × D: 6 1/8 in. (33.6 × 18.6 × 15.5 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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