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Walking Buddha


Creation date: 17th century
Creation place: Thailand

Other Information

Type: Bronze Sculpture
Medium and Support: Bronze
Credit Line: Gift of Susanna and Michael Flaster
Accession Number: 2012.53
Dimensions: 9 27/32 x 3 5/8 x 2 3/8 in. (25 x 9.21 x 6.03 cm)

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04/14/2017 Diana Chou
In Thailand the Buddha is always represented in one of four postures—seated, walking, standing, or reclining. The walking Buddha is considered the most important and original contribution of Thailand to the evolution of Buddhist iconography, but most Thai Buddha images are portrayed in a meditative, seated posture. Bronze was the most popular medium, partly because local stone was not conducive to carving, but also because bronze sculptures were more costly to produce and were more durable, attributes fitting for religious icons.
Last Updated: 4/14/2017

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