Phimai Buddha

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    Bronze Khmer BuddhaIn Phimai, the main Buddhist temple was built in the late 11th and early 12th centuries in Northeastern Thailand. The Phimai area had become part of the kingdom of Cambodia around 900 A.D. The temple at Phimai was built at a time of political weakness at Angkor, by craftsmen who belonged to the cosmopolitan mainstream. But it reflects a streak of ideological independence; it was dedicated to Tantric or Vajrayana Buddhism, of a sophisticated sort that suggests contact with the Buddhist centers of Bihar or Bengal.The crown no doubt was a sign, as in India, of the attainment of complete Buddhahood according to Vajrayana belief. At Phimai there may also have been introduced a story of ancestral to the Thai legend of the crowned Buddha, according to which, as the finale of the duel of magical appearances, the Buddha assumed the attire of royalty in order to convert a heretic king. The type of standing crowned Buddha produced subsequently in Hinayana circles in central Thailand can be traced back to Phimai.

    Bronze Each piece you see here is made individually by our master artisans. The craftsmanship involved creates slight variations in color, finish, size, and shape - a quality we consider to be an added touch of uniqueness. The remarkable detail of our bronze sculptures is due to meticulous and labor-intensive care by Thai craftsmen to produce these unique sculptures of exquisite detail and timeless durability. Buffing, polishing, and patinising give each piece its final green-grey verdigris or bronze luster, which conveys the essence of what we at Eastern Serenity admire in South-East Asian art.

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