Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Buddha Preaching

8th century
Northeastern Thailand
Copper alloy inlaid with silver and glass or obsidian
H. 32 13/16 in. (83.3 cm); W. 9 3/8 in. (23.7 cm); D. 7 3/16 in. (18.3 cm); Wt. est. 100 lbs (45.4 kg)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1982
Accession Number:
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
Excavated from Prasat Hin Khao Plai Bat II, Lahan Sai District, Buriram Province

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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