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