Description Carved from a single piece of sandstone, this Buddha is cloaked in a sheer robe that falls from his broad shoulders, revealing his arms, torso, and knees. The Buddha’s spiritual strength is expressed by his erect posture and frontal pose. The size of his hands is exaggerated, as they communicate important information to the devotee: the Buddha’s open right hand with palms facing outward is a hand gesture (or "mudra") that signals the bestowal of grace. The figure’s head and feet would have been carved from the same block of sandstone and were likely lost when this image was removed from its original temple context.
- Unearthly Elegance: Buddhist Art from the Griswold Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995.
Provenance Luang Ban (possibly Luang Phanphayut Chamnan), Bangkok , prior to July 1948; acquired by Alexander B. Griswold, Monkton, Maryland, July 1948 ; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1992.  "from Phra Pathom. Dug up at Nak[h] Pathom"  Presented to the Breezewood Foundation, December 1959, inv. no. 115
Credit Bequest of A. B. Griswold, 1992
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