This Buddha and Buddha 8888 come from the same source. They are both a Northern Sukothai style--which is a hybrid of Northern Thai style (Chen Sen Style) and Sukothai in central Thailand. Both show remains of original black lacquer and gilding, as well as an unusual reddish patina that suggests that both have been through a fire together long ago--likely the burning down of a temple (not uncommon over the centuries). I've had many Buddhas that have been in fires--some only singed, others ruined. These have been transformed, but not made worse from a beauty/piece of spiritual art point of view. All of the detail is still there. The patina is still pleasing. They are difficult to date. The quality (look closely at the hands and feet, as well as the face and hair) would suggest an early date, as would the type of lacquer and gilding and overall look. This type was first made in the 15thC and has been made all the way until present day. I have waffled on this piece--at times, I was certain it was 15thC. At others, I thought 19th/20th due to the thin base (though some pieces were made with thin bases in the 15th-17th centuries). I really am not completely sure, and my price reflects that. It is large, beautifully sculpted, cast, and finished--and it shows magnificently and looks to have good age. This piece measures 23 inches x 12 inches x 17.5 inches.
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