Buddha Preaching

Period: Mon-Dvaravati period

Date: 8th–early 9th century

Culture: Central or northeastern Thailand

Medium: Silver alloy

Dimensions: 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)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Gift of Enid A. Haupt, 1993

Accession Number: 1993.387.6


This Buddha is a fine example of the style of sculptures created from the seventh through the ninth century by the Mon people of central and southern Thailand. The Buddha stands in a hipshot posture with the weight of his body on the right leg; the left leg, positioned slightly forward, displays just a hint of a bend at the knee. He wears the traditional monastic garments, which in this case are arranged to leave the right shoulder bare, and to adhere tightly to the body.

The left hand makes an approximation of the boon-bestowing gesture. Judging from the remaining fingers, the right hand would have been in the teaching gesture often seen on Mon Buddhas.

Along with the very refined modeling, there is a high level of precision in depicting the curls of the hair, the facial features, and the drapery details. The serene expression, animated by the compelling gaze, the fine modeling of the features, and the crispness of the surface detailing unite to form an unusually beautiful face.