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 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