Buddha Statue - Antique U Thong Style Enlightenment Boat Buddha Statue - 38cm/15"
Buddha Statue - Antique U Thong Style Enlightenment Boat Buddha Statue - 38cm/15"
Buddha Statue - Antique U Thong Style Enlightenment Boat Buddha Statue - 38cm/15"
Buddha Statue - Antique U Thong Style Enlightenment Boat Buddha Statue - 38cm/15"
Buddha Statue - Antique U Thong Style Enlightenment Boat Buddha Statue - 38cm/15"
Buddha Statue - Antique U Thong Style Enlightenment Boat Buddha Statue - 38cm/15"
Buddha Statue - Antique U Thong Style Enlightenment Boat Buddha Statue - 38cm/15"
Buddha Statue - Antique U Thong Style Enlightenment Boat Buddha Statue - 38cm/15"
Buddha Statue - Antique U Thong Style Enlightenment Boat Buddha Statue - 38cm/15"
Buddha Statue - Antique U Thong Style Enlightenment Boat Buddha Statue - 38cm/15"
Buddha Statue - Antique U Thong Style Enlightenment Boat Buddha Statue - 38cm/15"
Buddha Statue - Antique U Thong Style Enlightenment Boat Buddha Statue - 38cm/15"

Buddha Statue - Antique U Thong Style Enlightenment Boat Buddha Statue - 38cm/15"

Material: Bronze

Origin: Thailand

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  • Antique U Thong Style Enlightenment Boat Buddha Statue - 38cm/15"

    Measures - (Height) 38cm/15"

    A Thai bronze Buddha Shakyamuni in U Thong style.

    The U Thong period, spanning from the 13th to the 15th centuries, marked a significant era in Thai history and art. During this time, Thailand experienced the flourishing of Buddhist culture and the creation of exquisite Buddha images that reflected the spiritual and artistic aspirations of the period.

    The U Thong period, named after the ancient city of U Thong (modern-day Suphan Buri), was characterized by the emergence of the Sukhothai Kingdom and the consolidation of Theravada Buddhism as the dominant religion in Thailand. This period witnessed the construction of numerous temples and monasteries, as well as the production of magnificent Buddha images that served as focal points for religious devotion and artistic expression.

    As is typical with U Thong period Buddha images this Buddha exhibits the distinctive stylistic features that set U Thong Buddha apart from earlier and later periods. Here, the Buddha is seated in the earth-touching gesture (bhumisparsa mudra), with a serene expression and a gentle smile. The Buddha's elongated face, gracefully arched eyebrows, and downcast eyes convey a sense of inner tranquility and spiritual depth.

    The Buddha is seated, in virasana, cross-legged symbol of Serenity, with both hands in the Bhumisparsa or 'Calling Earth to Witness' mudra. With fingers slightly touching the ground this position represents the subduing of Mara (a demon) who bombarded Buddha with demons, monsters, violent storms and the three seductive daughters. Remaining steadfast the Buddha testified to his meritorious past by pointing to the earth and calling the Earth Goddess, Thorani.

    Rising from the ground the Earth Goddess wrings the water from her long black hair. By this action she raises a torrential flood that drowns Mara and his army of demons. This gesture reflects this story symbolizing enlightenment, as well as steadfastness and Buddha's achievement of perfection or nirvana.

    The iconography of U Thong period Buddha images reflects the influence of both Indian and local Thai artistic traditions. The Buddha is depicted wearing a monastic robe (sanghati) that drapes elegantly over his left shoulder, leaving the right shoulder exposed—a characteristic feature of Thai Buddha images. The hand gestures (mudras) and ornaments adorning the Buddha's body convey symbolic meanings related to enlightenment, compassion, and spiritual power.

    This Buddha is seated in a boat. Each side comes up in a stylized point much like the royal boats that paddle on the river Choa Praya in Bangkok during royal river processions.

    The Buddha has a peaceful countenance with downcast introspective eyes and a firm brow. His earlobes are stretched long from a youth spent as a prince wearing heavy gold earrings.

    He has a large lotus flower shaped ushnisha protuberance on top of his head, symbolizing his high level of spiritual development. The flame-like motifs on the ushnisha are reminiscent of the Buddha's aura or "usnisa," symbolizing the radiant energy of enlightenment. This subtle yet powerful symbolism reflects the spiritual journey towards awakening and the illumination of one's inner light.

    The U Thong period Buddha images of Thailand stand as enduring symbols of artistic excellence, spiritual devotion, and cultural heritage. Through their elegant craftsmanship, symbolic iconography, and historical significance, these images offer insights into the religious and artistic achievements of medieval Thailand.

    As we contemplate the characteristics of U Thong period Buddha images, may we gain a deeper appreciation for the rich cultural tapestry of Thai Buddhism and its profound impact on the spiritual life of the nation.

    The casting is beautiful as you can see in the fine details of the fingers and toes.

    Each detail is rendered perfectly. The distinctive patina of the piece is also particularly delightful.

  • The majority of orders will be shipped with DHL. This is a secure, express and fully tracked service.

    Items less than 2Kg we typically ship using Royal Mail.

    Once we receive your order we try to ship all orders the same or next working day.

    Large and/or fragile pieces requiring palletising, specialist crating and/or extra packaging may take a little longer. Palletised shipments will be delivered curbside.

    All orders over 35 GBP will be shipped free of charge.

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  • We genuinely hope that all purchases delight.

    However, if they do not, regardless of reason, we will refund all orders upon receipt of the unwanted item. Just notify us within 14 days of receiving your order that you wish to make a return and send the piece back to us with 30 days of delivery.

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Arrived safely. Perfection as always. Thank you.

Ann, Lexington, KY, USA

I have received the Buddha. I have great time meditation in front of the statue that carries long history of being worshipped. Thank you so much and I wish you the best.

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The Item has been received in good condition and it is beautiful as it was. Once again thank you for your careful packing and fast shipping.

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