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Mon people Crowned Buddha c. 1200-1292 Description: in mudra of argumentation
Place made: Haripunjaya, Thailand
Materials & Technique: sculptures, silver; repoussé
Dimensions: figure 58.6 h x 15.8 w x 3.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1978
Accession No: NGA 78.534
  • The supplied chain of ownership for this object is currently being reviewed and further research is underway. The provenance information listed has been substantiated by documentation. Details may be refined and updated as research progresses.
  • with art dealership Spink and Son, London, 1978 or before
  • which sold it to the Australian National Gallery, Canberra, 1978 for GBP 4,000

Haripunjaya, which flourished from about the seventh century to the fourteenth century, was the last centre of Mon or Dvaravati culture in northern Thailand.  Buddhas shown in royal attire with crowns and jewellery were an unusual feature of Thai art that first appeared at Haripunjaya in the twelfth century. This rare repoussé figure, created by hammering a sheet of brass from the rear rather the more common practice of casting in bronze, shows the Buddha's hands in the gesture of discourse or discussion.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label