Buddha Preaching

Northeastern Thailand

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 246

The Prasat Hin Khao Plai Bat II cache included a small number of preaching Buddhas, this one being among the largest. Stylistically, this work looks west to the Mon regions of central Thailand, where this Buddha type was developed during the seventh century, drawing on northern Indian Sarnath models. Both hands are raised in the gesture of exposition (vitarkamudra), a hallmark of the Dvaravati style in Thailand. Like most of the bodhisattvas in the cache, this Buddha has a mustache and inlaid eyes.

cat. no. 142

Buddha Preaching, Copper alloy inlaid with silver and glass or obsidian, Northeastern Thailand

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