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Silver Buddha Votive Offering
Thailand
19th century

height: 17cm

This image of the Buddha seated in the 'calling the earth to witness' position (Bhumisparshamudra) comprises a terracotta (or similar) base over which sheet
silver has been hammered and chased.

Such images were commissioned by worshippers and given to monasteries and significant Thai temples (
wats) as acts of merit.

The example here is in the usual condition that older examples typically are found - with minor dents, losses to the silver sheet towards the base and so on -
but these tend to add to such images' naive charm.

References:
Naengnoi Punjabhan,
Silverware in Thailand, Rerngrom Publishing, 1991.

Provenance: UK art market

Inventory no.: 2968

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