Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Buddha Preaching

Mon-Dvaravati period
8th–early 9th century
Central or northeastern Thailand
Silver alloy
H. 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm); W. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm); D. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm); Wt. est. 30 lbs (13.6 kg)
Credit Line:
Gift of Enid A. Haupt, 1993
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 246
This sculpture is a refined, elegant expression of the Mon aesthetic during the late phase of Buddhist art associated with the Dvaravati kingdom. It is not clear if that political entity was still viable during this period, but the distinct aesthetic created by its sculptors in the preceding two centuries still prevailed. The raised right hand gestures in teaching, the lowered hand grants boons. The image was cast from a silver alloy with a significant copper content and would have displayed a lustrous silver surface in its original state.

cat. no. 120
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, 5th to 8th Century," April 14, 2014–July 27, 2014.

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