ANTIQUE ASIAN ART Sakymuni Reclining Buddha, Mon Dvaravati Period, 7th Century
Description: We are pleased to present this magnificent Reclining image of a Sakymuni Buddha, from the Mon Dvaravati period, dating to the 7th century. The well proportioned figure demonstrates a pleasing sense of serenity and divine beauty, typical of the artistic style developed during the Dvaravati period.
The term ' Dvaravati' describes a school of Art that flourished during the 6th to 11th centuries. The name was used by neighboring kingdoms to describe a culture which existed in the centralized region of present day Thailand. This dominant population was inhabited primarily by Mon, an ancient race of unknown origin that developed an advanced society and possessed high cultural capabilities of creating superior art. Dvaravati art style had a profound impact on Southeast Asian sculpture, and their supreme artistry was credited with creating the first truely unique Buddhist sculpture without any obvious reference to India antecedents, and was considered uniquely its own.The Image:
This extremely rare image of a Sakymuni Buddha is superbly casted in the Reclining posture. The figure represents a buddha resting or sleeping, but more accurately displays the image in the 'Mahaparinabbana'... read more