Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Chaiya)

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December 3, 2021

Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara or Bodhisattva Avalokitesvarapatampani It is a bronze sculpture of the upper part of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. Sriwichai Arts Found at Chaiya District Surat Thani Province It is currently a collection of the Bangkok National Museum. It is one of the most beautiful and well known Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara sculptures in Thailand.

Appearance

Characteristics of the sculpture are the image of the upper half from the navel of a person standing tilted to the body, round face, curved ridged eyebrows, prominent nose, scalloped mouth. and his eyes glanced downward Wearing a headdress expected to be a crown The deductible portion is lost. adorn the body with beads, necklaces, forearms wearing Phahurat and the oblique cloth on the left shoulder wrapped with yachyopawate string decorated with deer's head A broken sculpture is missing from the right forearm down the elbow. Information from the Fine Arts Department indicates that the sculpture is similar to that found on the sculpture Akastaya from Candi Banon, Central Javanese art. The sculptures feature Srivijaya art which was influenced by the late Gupta-Pala Indian art. It is assumed that this sculpture was sculpted and cast in Chaiya or any city in Southeast Asia from the territory that is now Thailand to the island of Java. in indonesia

History

It was Somdej Krom Phraya Damrong Rajanupap who discovered this sculpture at Wat Phra Borommathat Chaiya. (Some sources indicate that it is Wat Wiang), Chaiya District, Surat Thani Province in 1905, found at the outer northeastern wall. As stated in the letter of distance to the government inspectorate of Malaya R.E. 121 of Somdej

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