UH80038 Laotian Wood Buddha Image, carved from a single piece of wood covered in a thin translucent red lacquer and gold leaf, the figure is seated in the padmasana cross legged, toes extending to the knees, square shoulders, the long fingered hands in the bhumisparsa mudra (earth touching gesture) where the left hand is resting on the right foot holding a small fruit between his thumb and forefinger and the right hand extends over the right knee with the fingertips just touching the pedestal, the simple robe is depicted in relief with carved border for the robe diagonally across the chest and back and the slender Sanghati sash in the center of the body terminating in the front at the abdomen and at the base on the back, the face with broad nose, arching eyebrows, protruding eyelids and lips with a suggestion of a smile, the ears pronounced with extended earlobes, the head topped with a large balustrade finial. The image is seated on an angular pedestal, the front in gold leaf.
Condition: Minor signs of wear and age otherwise excellent.
Measuring: 7-1/4 inches high x 2-1/8 inches wide x 2 inches deep.
Weight: 5 oz.
Luang Prabang State, French rule 1893-1954
Ex Collection: Sally Fall, San Diego.