Seated Buddha Sakyamuni, Thailand. Museum no. IS.362-1992.

Seated Buddha Sakyamuni, Thailand. Museum no. IS.362-1992.

Seated Buddha Sakyamuni
Sri Tep Style, Thailand
about 8th century
Siver repoussé
Height 14cm
Museum no. IS.362-1992

The Buddha sits in an unusual posture with his legs crossed at the ankles and makes the gesture of exposition or vitarka mudra with his left hand, rather than with the more usual right. The style of the figure, with distinctive square shoulders and narrow waist, relates closely to stone sculptures at the Dvaravati period site of Si T'ep, in Petchaburi Province.