Crowned Buddha

Thailand (Lopburi)

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This crowned Buddha image was cast in Lopburi, the Khmer provincial capital located in central (modern day) Thailand in the early centuries of the second millennium. It reflects a new vogue in Buddhism for the crowned and bejeweled Buddha, adornment normally reserved for Buddhist saviors—bodhisattvas—not Buddhas. This reflected a new envisioning of the Buddha that drew on very early notions of the Buddha as a spiritual sovereign, a chakravartin. Eastern Indian models of the Pala period, which are known to have circulated, served as models for Lopburi artists to produce their very Khmer-style versions of this new Buddha-type.

Crowned Buddha, Copper alloy, Thailand (Lopburi)

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