Very special Buddha- a late Utong style (Utong “C”) 15th century classic Thai Buddha, with strong influence from late Sukothai (Kampenphet) style. This piece goes beyond even these two classic styles by adding an extraordinarily beautiful, and as far as I can find, unique, raised design around the base. In Thailand today both high quality Utong and Kamphen Phet Buddhas are some of the most sought after and valuable of all Buddha styles, as many Thais consider these some of their greatest art. The aspects which make it. The late Utong elements include the band between the hair and the face, the shape of the base (with the corners gently turned up), the shape of the head and the eyebrows, and the overall look of the face(you can see the very last whisper of Khmer influence from the Khmer domination of Thailand in the 11th to the 13th centuries in the face- after this, it completely disappears from Thai Buddhas) . The Kamphen Phet elements include the shape of the body (strong and thick, yet long limbed), the finial, the sash, and something about the face which is hard to describe. Both Utong and Kamphen Phet helped contribute to the next major period of Thai art- the Ayuthaya period. Another thing which is extremely significant about this Buddha is the alloy, which looks to contain some good amount of precious metals such as gold and silver- it is a wonderful extremely heavy alloy with a honey color which I occasionally encounter- it has a special luster and feel, and is almost always used for very high quality pieces. (You can tell I like this piece) 9.5 inches tall by 8 inches wide at the base. Weight a full 7.5 bounds with most of the clay core scooped out (the statue is mostly solid cast). There was originally a lower base which would have made him sit about 13 inches tall. I’ve seen other early pieces of special alloys have part (or all) of their bases removed to make other special Buddhas.
Availability : Sold
Dating: 15th Century